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St. Boniface Church, 1865 





Compiled and Edited by 




His Eminence George Cardinal Mundelem 

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ne day, rather accidentally, the writer came 
in possession of an old record book in which 
it was stated that some thirty children from 
St. Boniface School had entered the religious 
life. This appeared to him a large number 
of vocations from one school. But after 
consideration and inquiry the number of 
vocations grew in no less proportions than 
the wonderment. It -was indeed the great number of voca' 
tions that actuated the writer to delve admiringly into the 
history of St. Boniface Parish in an effort to find cause for 
God's great selection of chosen servants. 

God's way, of course, is not our way. Yet the writer is 
presumptious enough to state that "God's call of the chil' 
dren" is an earthly reward to their good and pious parents. 
These parents found deeper meaning than others appeared to 
have found in those words of our Lord: "What doth it 
profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his 
soul." The writer found out that they preeminently sup' 
ported the contention of the Catholic Church with regard 
to religious education. Herein appears to lie the secret of the 
religious calling, together with the sacrifice the parishioners 
of St. Boniface endured in the erection of such a beautiful 
temple of God. 

Having gathered a considerable mass of evident practical 
Catholicity the writer reflected as to the worth of that mat' 
ter in book form. Would it be possible for any one to derive 
a benefit from such a course of action? This question came 



again and again before his mind. Until, finally, he convinced 
himself the book would have its merits. There are the early 
settlers who built up parochial education despite many handi- 
caps; there are the virtues of patience and sacrifice exempli- 
fied during the course of building construction; there is the 
grand finale of virtuous living over seventy religious voca- 
tions. Is all this worth writing about? 

Naturally, of course, the compilation of a book of such 
historical value requires the assistance of all those who have 
in their possession any of the parish data. It must be stated 
that all credit for the completeness of this volume should go 
to those who have given freely of their time and information. 
The writer wishes to express his sincerest thanks to the fol- 
lowing who have made possible the editing of this volume: 
Rt. Rev. Bishop Edward F. Hoban; Msgr. F. A. Rempe: 
Msgr. Peter Biermann; Franciscan Fathers of Quincy, 111.: 
Rev. George Eisenbacher; Rev. Arthur Terlecke; Rev. John 
Sprengel: Rev. Wm. Mockenhaupt; Rev. Michael Klasen: 
Rev. C. A. Rempe, who wrote up the data of Father Venn, 
Father Evers and of himself; Father Joseph Gehrig who as- 
sisted in the tedious work of proof reading, and the Fran- 
ciscan Nuns of Joliet. Among the laity who have given gen- 
erously of their service we mention: Mrs. Anna Weide- 
mann, Mr. Jerry Murphy, Miss Clotilda Scholl, Mr. Charles 
P. Koob, the Misses Helen and Loretta Schommer, Mrs. 
Katherine Golly, Mrs. Josephine Sass, Mr. Leo Behrendt, 
Mr. Nicholas Waterloo, Jr., Mrs. F. Grzegowski, the Kor- 
thals family, Mr. Henry Brod, Miss Mary C. Mueller, Mrs. 
Susan Stamm, Mr. August Melka, Mrs. Caroline Kaufman, 
Mrs. J. W. Shay, Miss Louise Weseman, Mrs. A. H. Ritt- 
hamel, Mrs. Margaret Hart, Mrs. Ottilia Frey, Mr. Andrew 
Ribandt, Mr. Bernhard Mayer, Mr. Martin Koop, Mrs. 


Joseph Kotlengar, the Kristan sisters, Mr. Chris J. Manheim, 
Mr. John Behrendt, Mrs. Magdeline Laux, Mrs. Johann 
Mathia, Mr. John A. Fensterle, Mrs. John Moeller, Mr. 
Frank Girsch, Miss Rose Kiessling, Mrs. Harriet Frank, Mr. 
N. C. Schommer, Mrs. Mary Rauscher, Mr. Leo Schuene- 
man, Mr. George S. Stegmaier, Mrs. A. Rishe, Mrs. Sophie 
Burkhartsmeier, Mr. J. Dunnebacke, Mr. N. A. Schommer, 
Mrs. Peter Kalteux, Miss Julia Pawletzki, Mrs. Marie Hesser, 
Mr. Alex Kahler, Mr. W. H. Nelles, Mr. O. P. Jaeger, Mr. 
Albert Reisel, Mr. John Puets, Mr. Joseph Walkowiak, Mr. 
Joseph Cetner, Mr. Anthony Schlieben, Mr. Andrew Kot- 
lare, Mrs. Josephine Hartwig, Miss Catherine Klingenmaier, 
Mr. Michael Gauer, Mr. Henry Venn, Mr. Chas. Venn, Dr. 
Carl Venn, Mrs. Mary Welch. 

The writer avails himself of this opportunity to express 
his lasting gratitude to all the above mentioned for their 
valuable assistance. They realised that time and work create 
value! Great work crowded within sixty years of time has 
been recorded in this book. To the heroes and heroines of 
yesterday they desired to pay tribute. Their fondest hope 
was that this record should be for the edification of the pres- 
ent and future generations. The writer trusts their hope, 
which he has identified as his purpose, will be realised. 

Feast of St. Boniface June 5th, 1926. 

Right Reverend Bishop Edward F. Hoban, D.D. 



Preface v 

Prologue xi 

Father Phillip Albrecht 1 

Father James Marshall 21 

Father Clement Venn 31 

Father Albert Evers 57 

Appendix to Father Albert Evers 87 

Father C. A. Rempe 101 

The Booster Club 121 

St. Boniface Church Choir 124 

St. Boniface School 127 

Our Children in Religion 163 

Married Ladies" Sodality 193 

St. Vincent DePaul Society 197 

Holy Name Society 199 

The Young Ladies 1 Sodality 205 

St. Raphael Young Men's Sodality 215 

Children of Mary 233 

Diamond Jubilee Program 239 












hen the curtain is drawn aside, the scene 
opened to our vision makes its first impress 
of wonderment or disappointment. We will 
gasp because the beauty so closely imitative 
of nature lies in access of our sense of per- 
ception. Climatic conditions being totally 
disregarded, it appears as though nature be- 
comes subservient to the mandates of man. 
Without this picturesque loveliness which makes it appeal 
to the senses of man, the enactment of a drama would not 
develop interest and bring about applause of the most gifted 
and talented actor. On the other hand, the most heart- 
stirring plot loses its intensity if not assisted by a scene com- 
patible with the dignity of the story. 

Just for that reason it appears necessary to lay the scene in 
readiness so that the characters making their debut in the 
course of the parish history which follows may not be left 
without the confidence which nature's presence gives to the 
debutant; as well as the property of satisfaction it is wont to 
impress upon the audience. It is, indeed, necessary to know 
that the western banks of the Chicago River offered in the 
early 6CTs a natural beauty akin to the edging along Jupiter 
Terrace. The sectional progress was marked by man-power 
speed of those days. Today with the multitudinous machinery 
no comparison can be made with the days of yesterday. And 
yet, when the subject of western development is studied 
closely, we are amazed at the success. 

From the western bank of the Chicago River, to the city 


limits marked by the present Ashland Avenue there was a 
vast expanse of territory sparingly covered by small frame 
buildings. In this area were found twenty to twenty five 
families of Catholic faith. These families had migrated into 
this country from Germany. Their friends and relatives were 
arriving in this country, but only few at a time, so they had 
to make new associations and acquaintances. After they had 
grown to know one another they began to bespeak the secrets 
of their heart with each other. 

St. Joseph's Church was a distance of two miles away with 
the river dividing its boundary. Travel was difficult in those 
days. Most of the people walked to the river's bank and 
then ferried the stream. This mode of reaching the place of 
worship was very inconvenient. It necessitated punctuality, 
for the ferry would leave on schedule, and the schedule would 
at times transport its passengers to the east side of the river 
too early, on time, or too late for services. St. Joseph's 
Church was then located on Superior and Cass Streets. At 
this corner a large apartment building has now been erected, 
known as the Benedictine flats. 

The sparsely settled district west of the Chicago River 
was, in the early days, a veritable swamp. The neighbor' 
hood today is marked by the elevation of the streets some 
ten to fifteen feet above the ground floor of homes. Side 
walks in time became level with the streets, but early in the 
history of this section the acclivous and declivous construe 
tion of board walks was indeed very evident and made walk- 
ing a difficult and strenuous exercise. 

The construction at that time permitted the walks to roof 
the space used for the storage of wood and coal. In the in" 
stance of St. Boniface parish the walks sheltered the privy 
of the school and that, as late as 1893. Naturally, many 


rodents were harbored by such arrangements. There was 
plenty of vacant space in those days, but it seemed that all 
owners narrowed themselves to the utilisation of every inch 
of space. 

Elevation of the streets caused many a flood. Then, too, 
the growth of the neighborhood caused the sewerage sys- 
tem to become quickly incompatible with conditions. The 
pipes strung beneath the ground to take care of the overflow 
from rains were only half the size they should have been, and 
consequently floods would be the outcome. 

The streets were for a time, only dirt roads. Later, we 
had the plank roads, such as Milwaukee Avenue, and that, 
planked on one side of the street only. A toll gate was to be 
found on Elston at Milwaukee Avenue. When the terri- 
tory grew, the Elston Avenue toll gate was abandoned, but 
another was established at Western and Milwaukee Avenues. 
Finally, however, with the growth of the neighborhood by 
leaps and bounds, this system of collecting revenue was 
entirely abandoned. 

St. Boniface Church was the first founded in this near west 
vicinity. So we can well visualize the parish growth from 
twenty-five families in 1865 to upwards of nine hundred 
families in 1893. Parishioners travelled afar to their church. 
Catherine Roden, a mother of Mrs. Felix Rosenberger 
Schommer walked from her place of work, a rooming house, 
on Randolph at Clinton Streets, through the prairies to St. 
Boniface Church. A rather long walk, but it bespeaks the 
fervor of those early settlers. Today, St. Boniface Church 
has given one or more descendants of her children to almost 
every parish in the city of Chicago. Indeed, she accom- 
plished the spread of the Kingdom of Christ on earth. 

Mention of one more important detail must be made in 



this prologue. The people were a rural type with attributes 
of honesty and industry as possessives. There were no thefts. 
Doors and windows need not necessarily be latched. Chairs 
and rockers were left without fear of theft upon the veranda 
the entire night. But, of course, city life does not nurture 
such mode of living. When, in after years, the influx into 
the neighborhood greatly increased the statistics, the family 
spirit no longer could prevail and, not within touch of every 
one, permitted a number to sidetrack the issue of their fore 
fathers and the retainment at any cost of the ideal. Every 
one becomes lax who is not guided. Guidance is akin to com' 
petition. For the business man, competition is really the initi' 
ative behind the acquiring of qualities that make for success. 
In youth, it is guidance. The stage is set now — let the cur 
tain rise. 


here is registered in the mind of the author 
a doubt as to whether the chapter heading 
given above should not be changed to read: 
"Rev. Ludwig M. Fink, O.S.B." The ordi- 
nary references all refer to Father Albrecht 
as the first pastor of St. Boniface Church. 
As a matter of fact, documentary evidence 
points out quite unmistakably to the estab- 
lishing of a mission on Carpenter Street at Chicago Avenue 
as early as 1862. 

Owing to the hardship of travel in those early days, the 
Benedictine Fathers of St. Joseph's Church, as an accommo- 
dation to their parishioners on the western banks of the Chi- 
cago River, established in the year sixty-two a small frame 
building. This one story frame structure was really a com- 
bination building. It was because of its rolling partitions or 
Venetian blinds, which were a marvelous convenience easily 
operated, a church and school. The people of those days 
referred to it as the "little white school house' ' because it was 
the only seat of learning in the western section of the city. 

The Benedictine Fathers as aforesaid established this little 
mission in the year 1862. Father Ludwig Fink, O.S.B., was 
in charge, and Nicholas Dreher of St. Joseph's School was 
the first teacher. These two men, because of their promi- 
nence in the affairs of spreading the kingdom of God on 
earth, ought to be dedicated a chapter in this book; but there 
are so many of the early settlers who have risen to promi- 
nence in the work of their heavenly Father that, if each were 

Right Reverend Ludwig M. Fink, O-S.B. 


accorded their due, this book would be a biography of men 
instead of the Annals of St. Boniface Parish. 

We dare not, however, consider the first pastor of St. 
Boniface Church too sparingly, for Father Fink rose from 
chaplain of the mission of St. Boniface to coadjutor bishop 
of Leavenworth, Kansas. Just a brief survey of the life of 
Father Fink will no doubt be appreciated. Father Ludwig 
Fink was born July 12th, 1834, at Triftersberg, Bavaria. 
Eighteen years after his birth, young Ludwig Fink braved 
the difficulties of life, and on his own initiative, bridged that 
great body of water — the Atlantic — and came to America. 
It was not an easy matter, but anyone who ever won accomp- 
lishment as a credit had to face the music, even though hap 
mony was lacking. After only a short stay on the continent 
he felt the call to leadership in God's army; and, good soldier 
as he was, he obeyed the summons immediately entering the 
Benedictine Abbey of St. Vincent, Pennsylvania. Five years 
after his entrance into the States on May 27th, 1857, he was 
ordained to the priesthood. In 1 86 1 , he received his appoint- 
ment to St. Joseph's Church, Chicago, Illinois. A year in that 
capacity sufficed for Father Fink to realize the importance 
of establishing a mission on the West Side of Chicago. 
Zealous for the souls of men he went about the work in the 
year 1862 and founded the "little white school house. " Ever 
active in his duties, we can understand why in 1868 he was 
appointed abbot of St. Benedictine Abbey, Atchison, Kan- 
sas. Only two years later, in the year 1870, he was appointed 
to the coadjutorship of Leavenworth, Kansas. The people of 
St. Joseph's Church were jubilant and with them the parish- 
ioners of St. Boniface Church, for Bishop Fink had really 
founded St. Boniface Church. He was the ideal of the 
people — almost worshipped for his speedy advancements. 

'Teacher Dreher 11 in 1912 


At thirtysix years he won recognition from the Prince of 
the Church for the untiring efforts which made him a known 
organiser here and abroad. Emphasis must be placed on this 
outstanding fact that his consecration to the bishopric was 
just eighteen years after he arrived in the land of the free and 
home of the brave. Well might his former flock rejoice for 
their fortune of having so talented a leader. Their great 
demonstration of appreciation came when they presented 
him with his complete episcopal outfit. His consecration 
occurred at St. Joseph's Church, Bishop Foley officiating. 

Nicholas Dreher was a greatly esteemed character and one 
who deserves a tribute to his abiding faith and unfailing zeal. 
He devoted a half century to the great cause of Catholic 
education. Mr. Dreher was born near St. Wendel, in the 
Rhineland, Germany, in 1844. But as early as 1848 he came 
to America with his parents, who settled on the west side of 
Chicago. At the age of six, he attended St. Peter's School, 
then at the corner of Washington and Wells Streets, and 
later went to the newly organized school of St. Francis' par' 
ish. After his first Holy Communion he went to the Foster 
School for a short time, until the Jesuit Fathers opened a 
school which he attended until he began his teaching career 
in 1862, in Blackpartridge, Woodford County, Illinois. 

Later in the same year he became the first teacher for the 
children of the West Side in the newly opened branch school 
of St. Joseph's, on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Cap 
penter Street. After two years he was transferred to St. 
Joseph's School, Chicago Avenue and Cass Street, where he 
remained until 1867. After a short absence in Collegeville, 
Minnesota, Mr. Dreher taught at St. Peter's School, Clark 
and Polk Streets, until the great fire in 1871. 

After this time he was persuaded by Father Fischer, pastor 


of St. Peter's and vicar general of the diocese, to open a 
school and assist in the organization of a parish in Pekin, 
Illinois. When his work was finished there, he returned to 
Chicago and taught higher grades in St. Peter's School until 
the new St. Joseph's School, Hill and Orleans Streets, was 
built, where he then took charge of the higher grades and 
taught for many years up to the time of his golden jubilee 
in 1912. 

This is the outline of the events of "teacher Dreher's" life, 
indicating his connections with the Catholic parochial his' 
tory of Chicago; but it cannot convey that spirit in his life, 
the intense love for Catholic youth, and his zeal in forming 
it into a noble manhood. This it was that shaped the meas- 
ure of his own incalculable service and won for him the title 
of "Friend, Benefactor and Protector of Youth/ ' This made 
him an influence in the lives of his pupils, long after they 
had left their benches at school, and kept him surrounded by 
his "boys," young and old, long after the teaching days 
were over. 

Shortly after "teacher Dreher" had been transferred from 
the West Side mission to St. Joseph's School, the parishioners 
of the mission urged the Benedictine Fathers to establish a 
church that would meet the demands. The West Side dis' 
trict of Chicago had become in two years quite a settlement 
due unmistakably to the establishing of the mission. Now 
because of their growth they must expand. It was, there 
fore, that they urged consideration of a building program. 

The Benedictine Fathers at once recognized the need of 
building activity, but advised the West Side parish commit/ 
tee to consult with the episcopal authority, Rt. Rev. James 
Duggan. Eagerly this determined committee arranged for a 
conference with his Lordship. Bishop Duggan received the 


committee on the appointed day and quietly listened to their 
arguments and suggestions. Finally, having studied the 
whole situation in mind, he declared the appointment of the 
Rev. Ferdinand Kalvelage, the then pastor of St. Francis 
Assissi Church, located on the corner of Twelfth and New 
berry Streets (now Roosevelt Road and Newberry Street), 
to be his representative in the matter of the erection and gave 
him all power. 

The committee was composed of the following members: 
P. Suerth, J. Klettenberg, B. Schuenemann, Anton Dettmer, 
J. Dinet, J. Hildebrandt, Peter Schommer, Peter Schmidt, 
and John Hellmuth. These men almost immediately set forth 
to see the Reverend Ferdinand Kalvelage. This esteemed 
and venerable "Pastor Bonus" as he was known by the mem' 
bers of his flock received them cordially and sympathetically. 
He seemed to finger the pulse of the situation which indi' 
cated men ravenously hungry for a place of worship. These 
men wanted a church! His decision was quick and pro- 
nounced: "You shall have it!" 

Thereupon arrangement was made to inspect the territory 
and select a site for the building of the edifice. Time was 
not wanting, for Father Kalvelage was as anxious that they 
have their church as were the people themselves. So within 
a week of the representative committee's appointment with 
Father Kalvelage, he visited the territory and made his selec 
tion of a suitable site. 

Of course, you recollect that the "little white school 
house' ' was located on the corner of Carpenter and Chicago 
Avenue and so, naturally, the tendency was to build a church 
near the old stamping ground and even, somewhat east of the 
"little white school house." The West Siders certainly were 
well acquainted with this portion of the city. It was very 

Reverend Ferdinand Kalvelage 


well settled, but the question arose as to the advisability of 
building in the midst of such a well settled community. 
Experience seems to point out that the people move in the 
vicinty of the church and in that way give birth to a new 

Father Kalvelage did not favor the eastward trend of a few 
of the committee, from Chicago Avenue and Carpenter 
Street and did not favor the central location either, fearing 
that growth might bring too much business activity and 
crowd out the tenants. After some consideration the com' 
mittee finally agreed to erect the church on the northeast 
corner of Cornell and Noble Streets, the site of the present 
St. Boniface Church. At that time, in 1864, the city limits 
were Ashland Avenue which made the boundary on the 
west rather narrow, but it was the hope of the committee that 
this would surely adjust itself in later years. It was not 
long and the city limits stretched beyond Ashland Avenue to 
Western and farther as time went on and growth of this sec 
tion continued. 

The committee more willing for the church, probably, than 
the location, acquiesced in the desire of Father Kalvelage and 
at once began to erect, after purchase of small plot of vacant 
128x125, a frame structure. This was late in the year of 
1864. It is well worthy of note that these near Westerners, 
after permission was granted them to build, erected the 
church edifice practically on their own initiative. There was 
no priest stationed at St. Boniface Church at the time build' 
ing activity was begun. 

Father Albrecht, the first appointed priest to the parish 
did not arrive until the forepart of March, 1865. His ap' 
pointment dated presumably the first days of March, 1865, 
for Holy Mass was read March 5th, 1865, for the first time. 


On March 1 2th, the first baptisms took place which indicates 
that he could not have been on the premises prior to March, 
1 865. The nearest church for these near Westerners was St. 
Joseph's and that was quite a distance away. No baptism or 
any other administration of priestly functions are recorded 
prior to March 5th, 1865. 

The only reason for emphasizing the above data is the 
wonderful example of zeal it depicts on the part of these early 
settlers. Then, too, we can understand how they worked 
together in erecting a church at the cost of $7,500, left to 
their own leadership, resources and judgment. They worked 
well. According to the "History of the Catholic Churches 
in Chicago 1 ' by Buegler, Peter Schommer is reputed to have 
given two hundred dollars toward the erection of the edifice. 
However, the descendants of Christof Schommer claim an 
error with regard to this record. The claim is made that it 
was Christof Schommer who made the gift of two hundred 
dollars; and that he borrowed the money to make the gift. 
Christof Schommer, from what has been learned, was a very 
pious man and was surely equal to the demonstration of such 
fervor. There were other donors who gave generously of 
their possessions. They follow: Matt. Mitchel, Bernhard 
Schuenemann, Albert Westfal, John Schuenemann, Nicholas 
Schommer, Peter Schommer and Bernard Meil. 

Mr. Bras gave the first sanctuary lamp and reserved the 
presentation of that gift for himself during the construction 
of the church. He wanted to provide the lamp that would 
keep a continuous vigil before the Altar of our Saviour. 
Another gift worthy of mention and still more worthy of 
location is the bell given to St. Boniface Church by Jus' 
tice Schenevald. The reason that this gift is worthy of loca' 
tion is this: "It is reputed to be the bell which rang forth 


from the tower of old Fort Dearborn." Somehow or other, 
this bell mysteriously disappeared. Tradition tells us that a 
number of people were interested in its purchase. All tradi- 
tion that has come to us as evidence clearly states that the 
bell was never sold. The inference made is that it was given 
away or stolen. In refutation of the contention that it was 
given away it may be argued. It is highly improbable that 
anyone would have presented this bell to any institution with- 
out having made note of such presentation. It was conjec- 
tured that St. Boniface Cemetery obtained possession of 
the bell. This is untrue, since their records do not indicate 
any gift of that nature. After a year of search, there is no 
clue to be offered as to the whereabouts of the first bell of St. 
Boniface reputed to be the bell of old Fort Dearborn. 

In the year of 1864 prior to the building of the church 
edifice, the "little white school house' ' was moved to the 
northwest corner of Cornell and Noble Streets. It can be 
seen in the rear of that lot, enlarged to twice its original size, 
to this day. Apparently, the early settlers looked to order 
and convenience and therefore insisted upon church and 
school being together. The moving and enlarging of this 
structure necessitated a considerable expense which these 
early pioneers gladly paid. We must admire their labor and 
their zeal. Their simplicity is a virtue in itself which we can- 
not in this age, because of our extravagant living, fully 
appreciate, much less imitate. 

Father Phillip Albrecht was a congenial man. He worked 
up social activity in the parish. Several picnics were held 
under his regime. The famed old stamping ground for these 
festivities were the "Elston Gardens" located at Augusta and 
Racine Avenues. "Dieden's Garden" figured quite promi- 
nently also, as a social gathering park for the early parish' 

Reverend Phillip Albrecht 
First Pastor of St. Boniface Church 



ioners of St. Boniface Church. The latter place of amuse- 
ment was located at Elston and Division Streets. 

Whenever any festivities were conducted in either of these 
two gardens, it meant a fifteen hour day of gaiety. Early in 
the morning the children would gather about the school so 
as to be in readiness for the march to the park by nine o'clock. 
Almost to the minute, when the hands of the clock covered 
its numerals nine and twelve, the band would play the famed 
old selection: "O Susanna, wie ist das Leben doch so schoenr 
which, at that time, was akin to the later day college selec- 
tion: "Hail, hail, the gang is here!" 

The line of march was always lead by a horseman. In 
Father Albrecht's time, this distinction usually came to a 
Mr. Anton Buettgen. His task of marshal on these occasions 
was taken as a serious matter and he rode his steed in true 
German fashion which always reflected his cavalry training 
in the forces of the Kaiser. Mr. Anton Buettgen was a good 
mixer, but when in command of his forces and under the 
instruction to besiege the picnic grove and destroy all that 
was found within that arsenal of pleasure, he acted almost 
like the local prohibition enforcers in a clean up with half the 
agitation and publicity and a great deal more genuine satis- 
faction which made him beloved by all. Those were the 
days in which lawlessness had not yet come into being. The 
real days of quiet and happy living. True, they were not 
bent upon burning up the world! But many having that 
object in view now only succeed in bringing to life hostility 
and disquietness. The description gives you the spirit of '66 
and '67. Many of us, would greet with gleefulness the return 
of some of that spirit. Not necessarily fire water, but the 
amber fluid. 

Father Albrecht founded the St. Bonifacius Unterstuets- 


ungs-Verein which later worked in such proportion as to 
necessitate that it become incorporate. The following official 
papers of incorporation are still extant. 

Be it remembered: That we: Anton Buettgen, Anton Det- 
mer, Mathias Spoo, Winand Nelles, Bernhard Brussener, 
Theodore Ott, and Winand Kremerius, the undersigned cor- 
porators, persons of full age, citizens of the United States and 
of the State of Illinois, and residents of the City of Chicago, 
County of Cook, and State of Illinois, for benevolent pur- 
poses to be designated and known as the "St. Bonifacius 
Un ters tuetzungs- Verein . ' ' 

The purpose and object of this society is to maintain and 
protect the widows and orphans of members of this society. 
This society to extend and continue for and through the 
space of twenty years. And the members of trustees of this 
society for its first year's existence are three whose names 
are Winand Nelles, Theodore Ott, and Bernhard Brussener, 

This society being established and organized by virtue of 
the Provisions of an Act of the Legislature of the State of 
Illinois, approved February 24, 1859, and entitled, "An act 
for the Incorporation of Benevolent, Educational, Literary, 
Musical, Scientific, and Missionary Societies, including 
Societies formed for mutual improvement, or for the promc 
tion of the arts; 1 ' with all the privileges, immunities, benefits 
and liabilities conferred and enjoined upon this society by 
the provisions of said act. 

In consideration whereof, we hereunto, set our hands and 
seals this 31st day of December, 1870. 

Anton Buettgen, (L.S.) Winand Nelles, (L.S.) 
Anton Detmer, (L.S.) Bernhard Brussener, (L.S.) 

Mathias Spoo, (L.S.) Theodore Ott, (L.S.) 

Winand Kremerius, (L.S.) 



Cook County $ 

I, Andrew Ensenbacher, a Justice of the Peace, in and for 
the County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that Anton 
Buettgen, Anton Dettmer, Mathias Spoo, Winand Nelles, 
Bernhard Brussener, Theodore Ott, and Winand Kremerius, 
each and all of them personally known to me to be the same 
persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing certi- 
ficate, this day appeared before me in person, and each and all 
of them acknowledged that they made and signed the fore 
going certificate as their own free and voluntary act for the 
uses and purposes therein set forth. 

Given under my hand and seal this second day of January, 

( L.S. ) 

Andrew Ensenbacher, 
Justice of the Peace. 


Cook County, $ 

I, Norman T. Gassette, Clerk of the Circuit Court of 
Cook County, hereby certify the above and foregoing to be 
a duplicate of the certificate of organisation of the "St. Boni- 
facius UnterstuetsungS'Verein" filed in my office this third 
day of January, 1871. 

Witness my hand and Seal of said Court, 

Norman T. Gassette, 

Clerk Circuit Court and ex officio 

Recorder of Cook County, 

(Seal Circuit Court Cook County) 

Office of the Secretary. 


State of Illinois $ 

I, Edward Rumel, Secretary of the State of Illinois, do 
hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the Cer- 
tificate of Organization of the "St. Bonifacius Unterstuetz- 
ungs-Verein," filed in the office of the Secretary of State, 
under the general incorporation law of the State, on the fifth 
day of January, 1871, and now on file in this office. In 
witness whereof, I hereto set my hand and affix the Great 
Seal of State at the city of Springfield, this ninth day of 
January, 1871. 

(L.S.) Edward Rummel, 

Secretary of State. 

The "St. Bonifacius Unterstuetzungs-Verein" was a 
worthy organization founded on charity towards our neigh- 
bor. But as they waxed strong, their power slightly turned 
their minds from the object of love and respect to greater 
power and authority. Within a few years their heads had 
swelled to the consideration of their own worth alone, they 
kicked the tresses, opposition to legitimate authority arose 
and the beginning of their end was imminent. A storm oc- 
curred, which caused, in the raging of the tempest, men to 
lose their presence of mind and resulted in the non-recogni- 
tion of the entire organization. 

The St. Boniface Parish in the year of sixty-five could not 
be considered a babe in the woods. For the records bear wit- 
ness to the baptism of seventy-two infants from March 1 2th, 
1 865, until January 1st, 1 866. So it is readily understood that 
there was quite a community in existence the first year that 
St. Boniface Church functioned with its regularly appointed 


pastor. The following entire year of 1866 the baptismal 
register very distinctly records the baptism of 119. The 
sacrament of matrimony record book registers nine weddings 
in approximately nine months and twentyone marriages in 
the entire year of 1866. There are a great number of well 
organised parishes today that could not boast of such records, 
all of which indicates that the western section of the city 
was enjoying a healthful growth. 

Father Phillip Albrecht was relieved for about a month of 
his duties by his brother, the Reverend Max Albrecht. It 
appears on record that Father Max Albrecht substituted 
shortly before Father Phillip Albrecht left for another field 
of activity. Presumably during his absence from St. Boni- 
face he was negotiating for the conduct of a new mission. 
It is highly improbable that he would have gone for a vaca- 
tion, because that custom of vacationing had not yet then 
been in vogue. Then too, we must understand that Father 
Phillip Albrecht was a man of untiring efforts and, relaxa- 
tion no matter how beneficial it would have been to the 
upkeep of the system, would certainly not have interfered 
with his work of establishing missions. 

Father Albrecht was a very able man, orator, traveler and 
builder. He came to St. Boniface the forepart of March in 
the year of 1865 and remained in charge until the latter part 
of April, 1867, when he gave up his charge to organise a new 
parish in Piatt ville, Wisconsin. It was an arduous task which 
he had undertaken, but Father Albrecht seemed adventurous 
and enjoyed the hardships that came to his life. Reference 
is made above to him as a traveler. It may be added that 
such reference should only be employed in connection with 
his building activity, for Father Albrecht built upwards 
of twenty churches which took him all over the country. 


The states of Wisconsin and the Dakotas profited mostly by 
his ability to organise new parishes. 

Father Albrecht was a good mixer, very congenial in his 
relation to his flock. He was democratic and had a large host 
of friends. The students of old St. Mary of the Lake Semin- 
ary made it their habit to call on the pastor of St. Boniface 
Church whenever opportunity presented itself. And Father 
Albrecht was always on the alert. He would see a group of 
the students coming through the prairie and would beckon 
his housekeeper from the garden to go for refreshments. 
Then the steins would be brought forth and all would be in 
readiness for the students' welcome. After an hour or so 
of good company the students took their leave. One among 
that group of students who visited Father Albrecht is still 
alive and spoke very enthusiastically about St. Boniface's first 
pastor. If space would permit, it would be interesting to 
record some of these student meetings for it would help us 
to visualize the true character of Father Phillip Albrecht. 

There was something in the man which called forth the 
admiration and respect of everyone in spite of a few of the 
parishioners who thought he was too ordinary in his friend- 
ship with his flock. These people carried their heads high, 
because of position or wealth, with an air of "wir sind keine 
gewoenlichen Leute." But this spirit did not faze Father 
Albrecht, who had the spirit of St. Paul "be all to all men." 

When in the latter part of April, 1867, he departed from 
St. Boniface Parish, the people who had grown to love him 
shed tears of sorrow for the loss of their friend, and their 
leader. It was a rather dreary day though the sun's benign 
rays were unusually bright. Dreary only because of the 
transfer of their pastor. Father Phillip Albrecht, the scholar, 
good penman, orator and builder was to make his abode in 


Plattville, Wisconsin. The old adage: "Scheiden tut wen!" 
was very much in evidence. Everyone was sorrowed by the 
sad news, for Father Albrecht had since his apointment 
in March, 1865, served the parish well and endeared himself 
because of his winning personality to a majority of his flock. 
He was a ' 'worker" in everything that concerned the welfare 
of St. Boniface Parish and the spread of the kingdom of God 
on earth. It indeed required sacrifice upon sacrifice to live a 
life as he did always looking to someone or some community 
to whom he might be of service. It can be unhesitatingly 
stated that unless love of the ideal were ever present in his 
mind the sacrifices of his life would have not been made, and 
consequently, he would not have had to his credit the organ- 
ization of upwards of twenty parishes. All that can be 
added is that he was untiring in his labors, that HE LOVED 





Reverend James Marshall 
Second Pastor of St. Boniface Church 



or a few months after Father Phillip Albrecht 
had taken leave of St. Boniface Parish, the 
absence of records indicate that the parish 
was without a spiritual adviser. The first 
mention of a priest, and acting pastor, since 
April, 1867, the approximate date of Father 
Albrecht's desparture, is the ninth of June, 
when a Jesuit father, the Reverend Nieder- 
korn S.J., administered the sacrament of baptism in the 
church. Thereafter, Father Niederkorn's name appears ten 
times in the baptismal register, the last date of appearance 
being June 30th, 1867. 

In the first week of July, the year 1867, appears the name 
of Reverend James Marshall. During the remainder of that 
year the baptismal register points out very explicitly to the 
baptism of ninetyone children. This is a fair indication of 
how St. Boniface Parish was growing. By leaps and bounds, 
it had increased its membership from about twenty seven 
families in 1864 to at least four times that many in less than 
four years. 

The first thought of Father Marshall went out to the 
children. How could one man, Mr. Nic Alles, attend consci- 
entiously to those children who ought to come to St. Boniface 
School? It did not take much thought to realize the need 
of more teachers for the coming year. With that purpose in 
mind of procuring more teachers Father Marshall set out 
almost immediately after he came to St. Boniface to the 
Motherhouse of the Franciscan Nuns in Joliet, Illinois, and 


Nicholas Alles 



urged them to supply the demand. Venerable Mother, 
Alfred Moss graciously acquiesced to the earnest request of 
Father Marshall. The Venerable Mother designated Sister 
M. Francis and Sister M. Angela as teachers of the school. 
Sister M. Francis was appointed superior. The entire teach- 
ing staff for the school year from September third 1867 to 
1868 follows: 

Sister M. Francis, superior; Sister M. Angela; Miss Cathe- 
erine Tehle, postulant; Miss Schumacher, for housework and 
Mr. Nicholas Alles. The pupils numbered one hundred and 
eighty. One hundred and thirty were under the sisters 1 
charge, and thirty of the larger boys were taught by the lay 
teacher, Mr. Nicholas Alles. Herein stated is the first accom- 
plishment of the Reverend James Marshall. Like a spoken 
word which knows no recall, this success was to lead on to 
incalculable good. Father Marshall had put the ball in motion 
with the generous cooperation of Venerable Mother Alfred. 
In the course of years of motion which followed these two 
esteemed personages can be credited with the good their 
course of action wrought, a religious vocation every year; so 
that up to this writing, June 1926, fifty-six girls have enjoyed 
the call as brides of Christ and entered the cloister and more 
than twelve youths have taken the Church as their bride. 
What a wonderful accomplishment! Brought about solely 
because both Father Marshall and Venerable Mother Alfred 
were bent upon doing the will of their heavenly Father. 

We must presume Father Marshall to have been a religi- 
ous man for the next move was to inaugurate a two weeks' 
mission. One week was for the men and one week for the 
women. This mission was conducted by Father Anselm 
Mueller, O.F.M., a Franciscan father from Quincy, Illinois. 
It may be interesting to relate the reception tendered the 

Reverend Anselm Mueller, O.F.M. 



Franciscan father on this occasion; as also, it will be indic- 
ative of the manner of living in those days. 

It must have been late in the fall of the year when Father 
Anselm was requested to substitute for one of his confriars 
who became ill, but who was originally commissioned to hold 
the mission at St. Boniface. For, as Father Anselm often 
recalled to mind and always pleasantly, he arrived at the rec- 
tory and for some reason the door was not opened until he 
had knocked considerably and repeatedly. Finally, the door 
did swing on its hinges, but as all was in darkness it was diffi- 
cult to know whether he should enter, or whether perforce 
the door just naturally opened. Soon, however, the voice 
of the housekeeper beckoned the father to come in. With 
bag in one hand, Father Anselm proceeded with the other 
to feel his way into the house. After great difficulty his 
escort led him to his room, bade him good night and walked 

Father Anselm was a little bewildered. He considered the 
proposition for a time and as the chill ran up and down his 
back resolved that the best thing he could do was retire. 
First, however, he thought he would look around the room 
so as to get his bearings. He lit a match and looked about. 
Apparently he was satisfied with the conditions and circum- 
stances and prepared to carry out his resolution. The story 
continues when to his surprise having crawled into bed his 
feet came into contact with a large warm brick. It was begin- 
ning to be heartfelt for it was the only warmth he encoun- 
tered in the entire reception. This little incident did not 
however, interfere with the outcome of the mision. It was 
a grand success. Many a time in after life Father Anselm 
would jest and laugh about his first mission which, coinci- 
dently, was the first mission at St. Boniface. 


In his stay of a little more than a year Father Marshall 
had made great strides. He worked fast! He persuaded the 
sisterhood of St. Francis to conduct the school and succeeded 
in having the Franciscan Fathers give a mission. Both these 
works rebounded to the good of religion. Therefore, we 
feel it not amiss to presume that Father Marshall was fore 
most a religious man. That he, in his labors was concerned 
about the greater glory and honor of God. 

We, however, must not labor under the impression that 
everything went smoothly under his regime, that all the 
children of his flock submitted to his gentle dictates for good. 
As everywhere, so at St. Boniface, there were members in the 
community who were always ready, for sake of argument, 
to call white, black; and vice versa. These people were 
treated as gently as possible and with the greatest considera' 
tion. Father Marshall thought less argument and more action 
would quiet these fastidious. But it seems apparent now from 
the data we have on hand that these people were irritated 
by the successes of their pastor. They, the few, of course, 
literally stood in the way of every progressive move. It, in 
time became a hard battle, and one for supremacy. 

The climax came, when the faction of irreconcilables, were 
refused admittance to the office of the pastor. Their pres' 
ence always caused trouble and the chasm of difficulty was 
becoming larger at each session. Father Marshall presume 
ably thought that argument would not draw him closer to 
these people, and so he issued the order that he would not 
see them anymore. This, of course, incensed the unruly. 
They were going to force their entrance, they must be heard 
and more than that, their importance and rule should be rec 
ognised. These few people were creative of a great deal of 
unnecessary trouble and scandal and, for the most part, 
over nothing at all. 


When, therefore, they had secured the police to accom' 
pany them to the rectory in an effort to gain admission to the 
parsonage and force their presence upon the pastor; the maid, 
seeing the officers, became affrighted and ran to the school, 
there to seek refuge with the nuns. The angry few ordered 
the police to arrest her because she failed to open the door, 
which seemed to them a breach of respect for authority. 
The whole affair came to a very sad close. Father Marshall 
resigned his pastorate. Rather than being the object of 
undeserved scandal and publicity, he decided to leave the 
parish for which he worked untiringly. It was a case of the 
organised few against the disorganised many that brought 
about this result. But historical data bears witness to the 
worthiness and good intentions of the pastor of St. Boniface 
Church, for Father Marshall had very many good qualities 
which were amply sufficient to offset any undiplomatic move 
that he may have made. There was no reason for the whole 
affair. It was indeed unfortunate that it ever came to pass. 
But be that as it may, Father Marshall lives in history, as a 
martyr to cruel and uncalled for persecution. 

Few of the outstanding qualities of Father Marshall can 
herewith be mentioned. He was a learned man. He spoke 
English, German and Polish fluently. Occasionally, he even 
conducted devotions in the Polish language. For at that time, 
the Poles were beginning to make entrance in the settlement. 
He was concerned about all the people of the vicinity and 
being a linquist was surely able to give them his personal and 
undivided attention. It must be remembered that St. Boni' 
face Church was the first church in this vicinity; where now, 
there exists within an area of a square mile seven Catholic 

Father Marshall was what we may term a practical lin' 


quist. He was able to speak fluently at least three languages. 
And he could speak. So that he justly deserves mention as 
an orator. He was brilliant in the selection of thought and 
its expression. There is no question but what he would have 
performed exceedingly greater wonders for the community 
and his parishoners if he would have had support. But no 
one man can win a baseball game. The pitcher may be the 
chief factor, but his support is unquestionably necessary to 
win. He may, at times, win alone — but not always. So, good 
Father Marshall won, alone sometimes, but could not stand 
up always under the heartless indifference tendered him. 

We ought not close this chapter without some considera- 
tion of Mr. Nicholas Alles, who was engaged as teacher in St. 
Boniface School from 1865 to 1872. In the year 1867 he 
succeeded Edward Ederer as organist and controlled the 
choir until relieved of that commission with the coming of 
Sister Fidelis in the year 1872. 

Mr. Alles, who was in charge of the larger boys of the 
school was surely a great asset in achieving great progress 
throughout those early years. He worked in harmony with 
the venerable sisters after they had begun their career at St 
Boniface. Hand in hand work increased the attendance at 
the school so that the increase numbered approximately one 
hundred more students from 1867 until 1872. 

Entertainments were given by the children even in those 
early days. And while writers as a rule, in reviewing the 
efforts of amateurs at "home talent" affairs have an unwritten 
law that they will say everything "nice" and nothing of a dis- 
paraging nature. However, in this case, records indicate that 
such praise as may be meted out to the children taking part 
in the entertainments and the teachers who drilled the little 
ones, is by no means perfunctory, for from the littlest tot to 


the biggest child each was perfect. One saw no pantomime 
there, no faltering, no fearful glances into the wings or into 
the great gathering, looking for moral support. Each was, 
in the parlance of the stage, "letter perfect," finished and 
conscious of the part he or she was to play, with a technique 
that would put to shame many of a more mature age and 
seasoned experience. 

With the description aforewritten it is easy to visualize 
the successes that came to the venerable sisters, Mr. Nicholas 
Alles and the pastor, the Reverend Father Marshall. The 
early beginning of the school with the difficulties that were 
encountered will demand a chapter by itself. Permit this to 
suffice to crown the chapter of Father Marshall's career with 
glory. The highlights in his pastorate are three: 

( 1 ) His success in procuring the Venerable Sisters of St. 
Francis, Joliet, Illinois, to teach; 

(2) The credit that should come to him for having 
caused the first mission to be held in St. Boniface; 

(3) His own personal qualities — a talented linquist, 
orator and religious man. 

Reverend Clement Venn 
Third Pastor of St. Boniface Church 



ather Clement Venn was the pastor of St. 
Boniface from 1869 to 1895. 

The Venn family migrated from Holland 
to Germany in the year 1574, when William 
the Silent, Prince of Orange, repudiated his 
Catholic faith and became a Calvanist. 
Father Venn's ancestor entertained the well 
founded suspicion that all the large Catholic 
landholders would soon be called upon to conform their faith 
to that of the Prince, and so he hastily and with great loss sold 
his possessions, and took his family across the border to West- 
phalia. God had blessed this fidelity to his faith, in a long 
line of descendants who in various ways have been distin- 
guished in the service of the Church. Two of these, Fathers 
Theodore and Clement Venn came to America. Father 
Theodore Venn in 1859 entered the diocese of St. Paul, and 
Father Clement Venn was affiliated with Chicago. 

Father Clement Venn was born in Driburg, Westphalia, 
November 23rd, 1834; he was probably baptised the same 
day, as he received the name of Clement whose feast day is on 
the 23rd of that month. His father was a physician, and as a 
staff physician had made the expedition to Russia with 
Napoleon. He was a strict Catholic and a good disciplin- 
arian. Among the other notable men who were born and 
lived in Driburg at that time was Friedrich Wilhelm Weber, 
the immortal author of Dreisehn Linden, who was a school 
and play-mate of Father Venn. 

Father Venn's early inclination to the priesthood was 


fostered by his parents, so that at the age of 25, he was 
ordained, August 17, 1860. His first field was in the famous 
Diaspora. The word Diaspora is Greek and means scattered. 
It refers to the fact that there are very few Catholics in this 
district and that they are widely scattered over the land. The 
Diaspora has always and still is considered the most trying 
field for a priest. Its people are poor and mostly field laborers, 
since the large estates of which it is composed are owned by 
Non-Catholics. But in spite of this fact, or perhaps in conse 
quence of it, the Diaspora has produced many great men in 
the Church. Many of the bishops and cardinals of Germany 
have received their early training in the priesthood there. 

One day, while in the Diaspora, he was stationed at Mag- 
deburg, Father Venn answered a sick call on the Bismarck 
estate. A young laborer was dying of small-pox. Father 
Venn contracted the disease, and while hovering between 
life and death made the vow, that, if he lived, he would go 
to America, which then was a missionary country. His face 
always remained slightly marked with the disease. 

He recovered and arrived in America, August 1st, 1866. 
He immediately came to Illinois, where the dearth of priests 
was great, and was heartily welcomed by Bishop Duggan. 
His first appointment was Johnsburg, 111., in McHenry 
County. He used to relate the following peculiar incident. 
A girl of his parish was courted by two of the young men. 
On the morning of her marriage to one of them, the other met 
her at the church door and in the presence of the whole con- 
gregation swore that she should never have any luck or hap- 
piness. While the occurrence made a disagreeable impression, 
it was considered merely as the ravings of disappointment and 
soon was forgotten. But shortly after that strange things 
began to happen. The crops of the young couple were fail- 


ures while those of their neighbors were abundant; one after 
the other, horses, cows, and pigs died of an inexplicable 
malady. One morning the young woman called in one of her 
neighbors to take care of the little baby, while she went on an 
errand. When she came back a few hours later, she asked 
how the child had behaved and was told that it had slept all 
the time never making a sound. But when the mother took 
the baby from the cradle it was dead. This was a little too 
much for the good people of Johnsburg. They organized a 
posse, got a rope, and were going to hang the man who had 
cursed the family. Father Venn heard of their intentions and 
went along determined to prevent the lynching. The man 
admitted that he was responsible for all the misfortunes which 
had befallen. With the aid of a few books on magic, he had, 
he said, devoted himself to devil worship, always praying and 
asking misfortune for his enemies. Father Venn made him 
produce the books and burn them in the presence of the 
parishioners. It was only with the greatest difficulty that 
Father Venn dissuaded the crowd from the lynching, suggest- 
ing as a compromise that they should hang the rope from a 
tree before the man's house, with the threat that it would be 
used, if any other mishap ever took place. From that time 
calamity ceased to pursue the family. 

The second appointment of Father Venn was to Meta- 
mora, Illinois. The extent of our diocese at that time can be 
imagined from two appointments so far apart. But not only 
the diocese, but also the parishes were extensive, sick calls 
with the means of conveyance then in use sometimes con- 
suming two and even three days. But Father Venn did not 
remain long at Metamora. In 1869 he became pastor of St. 
Boniface, and remained there twenty-six years. 

For the Catholic Church in America, this was an unruly 

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Joseph Stamm Frederick Billmeyer John Fensterle, Sr. Andrew Sprengel 

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Bernard Stegmaier Peter Schommer John \V. Dunnebacke Petr Schommer, Jr. 



time. At this time occurred the great contest between the 
clergy and the people in various parts of the country. To 
this period belong the battles of Archbishops Kenrick in 
Philadelphia and St. Louis. Taking their cue from Protes' 
tants with whom they lived, the Catholic laity thought they 
ought to run the Church, appointing and deposing pastors. 
There never was any litigation in the diocese of Chicago, 
because from the very beginning Bishop Quarter had origi- 
nated the corporation sole, by which all property rights are 
vested in the Bishop of Chicago. Bishop William Quarter 
was such a remarkable man, and his services of such far reach' 
ing importance effecting every parish that has been or will be 
erected in Chicago, that no history of any part of the diocese 
can omit to keep his memory green. He was our first Bishop. 
On Sunday, May 5th, 1844, (having been consecrated in 
New York, he arrived in Chicago after a journey of 1 8 days, 
by train, boat, stage, horseback, and on foot. There was no 
one to receive him. There was one parish, St. Mary's with an 
old church and a new one, building. His diary says: "I said 
mass in the old church and preached in the new. . . . There 
are at present only two priests in Chicago, Fathers St. Palais 
and Fischer." He died a sudden death on the 10th of April, 
1848, not quite four years after his arrival. His remains 
were interred beneath the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral. 
Two days after the great fire of 1871 they were removed and 
placed in the vault of Calvary Cemetery. Today they rest in 
the bishop's mausoleum in Mount Carmel. The diocese of 
Chicago was coextensive in those days with Illinois. When 
Bishop Quarter came, in all this territory, there were twelve 
priests and as many parishes; one parish and two priests were 
in Chicago. When he died in less than four years, there 
were 40 priests and 56 churches. In Chicago, there were 

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II di 

J. B. Mciler Andrew Korthals M. H. Rauscher Peter Mueller 



four churches, St. Mary's, St. Patrick's and the two German 
churches, St. Peter's and St. Joseph's. When he came there 
were no schools. When he died, the charter of the Univer' 
sity of St. Mary of the Lake had been secured and the build' 
ing had been erected, with its chapel dedicated to the Holy 
Name of Jesus. The convent of the Sisters of Mercy had 
been built with its chapel. A hospital and an orphan 
asylum had been begun. On March 15th, 1845, his diary 
says: "Objections were made to the incorporation in the 
name of the Catholic Bishop of Chicago. Now the act is in 
favor of the Bishop, and his successors, holding properties in 
trust, for the Catholics, and the advantages resulting from 
the passage of the bill may be enumerated as follows": The 
wonderful advantages of this Corporation in their entirety 
could not have been envisaged even by this far sighted man. 
Likewise the charter of the University of St. Mary of the 
Lake, with its complete powers could never have been 
obtained from any legislature since then. 

On June 10th of the same year Bishop Hughes of New 
York, in a sermon at Chicago said: "Ah! if all would labor 
like Bishop Quarter! Look at what he has done; see that 
university; see that convent. What had he when he came 
here? and still see what he has left after him. Bishop Quarter 
is gone, but Bishop Quarter shall never be — can never be — 
forgotten in Chicago. . . . Oh! may all the bishops of Chi- 
cago be like the first." But while by the wise provision of 
Bishop Quarter legal battles were averted, the people of the 
diocese were nevertheless infected by the spirit of the times 
and were always causing trouble for their priests. This was 
especially true in German and Polish parishes, and St. Boni' 
face was no exception. The first occasion for this strife be 
tween the new pastor and his people was as follows: A very 

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J. Moeller Margaret Billmeyer Helen Fensterle Josephine Stegmaier 




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disreputable character, a drunkard and very lax morally, hav- 
ing left his wife in Europe, was a member of the choir. With 
perfect justice Father Venn dismissed him without consulting 
the trustees or the officers of the St. Bonifacius Unterstuetz- 
ungs- Verein which organisation was especially active in oppo- 
sition to Father Venn. His "high handed" manner immedi- 
ately aroused the opposition of the Unterstuetzungs- Verein, 
only too glad to find any pretext, and really constituted the 
source of all succeeding troubles. The Unterstuetzungs- 
Verein used to conduct many picnics, which were attended 
with drunkenness and excesses of every kind. In order to 
curb their power, Father Venn organized the St. Bonifacius 
Liebesbund in 1874. Its first officers were Franz Knietsch, 
Pres.; Michael Kallas, Vice-Pres.; Andreas Behrendt, 1st 
Sec; Franz Issen, 2nd Sec; Andrew Korthals, Treas. There 
were 160 members. 

One of the most conspicuous and picturesque members of 
the parish from the very beginning was John Reisel, father, 
grandfather, and great grandfather of many of that name still 
living in Chicago. From the very beginning he was sexton, 
janitor, usher and in fact everything under Father Venn. His 
salary was ten dollars a month. He was the father of thirteen 
children. He was born in Rheinheier, Germany, October 
13th, 1823, came to America in 1853, and died Feb. 15th, 
1903. On Sundays he wore a blue sash trimmed with white 
and carried a goldheaded marshal's staff as the sign of his 
authority. He was very conscientious in collecting the seat 
money, and many a one was put out, because he was unwill' 
ing to pay. As the parish kept on increasing, he had great 
difficulty in determining who really was the owner of the 
pews, as pews at that time were still rented for the year. He 
was an extremely pious man, faithful to Father Venn, and 

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Susan Mueller Harriet Frank Anna Weideman A. Korthals 

Barbara Scholl Susanna Ludvvig Susan Stamm B. Mayer 



having at heart the interest of the parish. Father Venn 
insisted that the side aisles be free, and it was a great source 
of annoyance to Reisel that he could not persuade him 

John Reisel deserves mention in the biography of Father 
Venn, because he was a true and faithful friend, and because 
he helped a great deal in the organisation of the parish. But 
the real purpose of introducing him here is the following 
incident. Shortly after the Liebesbund had been founded, 
Father Venn refused to permit the old Unterstuetz,ungs- 
Verein to receive Holy Communion in a body as a Catholic 
society at Easter time. The reason for this action was not 
only because they were the source of all opposition in the 
parish, that their picnics and other entertainments were a 
scandal to the rest, but also because a great many of them 
came totally unprepared, some of them having failed to go to 
confession, or to receive absolution, others being drunk, etc. 
But they were determined upon their rights. One Sunday 
morning they formed ranks outside and started to march 
down the middle aisle in all their regalia. Father Venn, how 
ever, had also determined upon a showdown. He knew that 
he had to fight the battle here and now. So in his vestments 
supported by the Liebesbund and the faithful members of the 
parish, he marched against them. He was at the head of his 
army, his faithful lieutenant John Reisel with the staff of 
authority at his side. The clash came about the middle of 
the church. In the battle that followed, the UnterstueU' 
ungs' Verein was routed, regalia, banners and all were thrown 
out, and from that time they started to dwindle, and never 
asserted themselves again. Father Venn was in vigorous 
health, and did not shirk his part of the battle. But in spite 
of the protection of John Reisel, he received many a kick and 


blow and was knocked over. A few days after the victory, 
John met one of the ring leaders, and solemnly assured him 
that he would not have any luck and that he would die a 
miserable end, because, he said: "Du hast einem geweihten 
Haupte im Hinteren getreten." His prediction was speedily 
fulfilled not only in the case of that one man, but in the case 
of many others. The judgment of God upon the opposition 
became so evident to the members of the parish, that in a 
short time all organised opposition ceased. Most of those 
who still remember Father Venn, recall him as a gentle saintly 
old man, knowing little about the stormy times, when like the 
warrior Bishops of old, he did not shrink even from physical 
combat in the cause of Holy Church. 

The boundaries of the parish at that time were Lake Street 
on the south, and the river on the east. The northern and 
western boundaries were not defined and probably were coin' 
cident with the boundaries of the diocese. These boundar- 
ies have never been changed legitimately, and while practi- 
cally and in fact he recognized the formation and existence 
of neighboring German parishes to the north and west, 
Father Venn always claimed that legally they have no exis- 
tence, except perhaps that which comes to squatters by super- 
annuation. But as the territory was extensive the parishioners 
were many; on the Saturdays before Palm and Easter Sun- 
days, when they would congregate from this whole district 
for their Easter Duty, Father Venn frequently was in the con- 
fessional until one and two in the morning. 

On the night of October 8th, 1871, the great Chicago 
Fire took place. Thousands of people were driven into the 
streets, homeless and penniless, and hundreds lay dead 
beneath the ruins. 

Dr. McMullen, who will be mentioned again in this chap- 


ter was rector of Holy Name Cathedral. On the eventful 
night he was on a visit to the south side. He said afterward, 
"We heard a great noise on the street, and on looking out of 
the windows for the cause, I was startled at witnessing an 
illumination as if the whole city was on fire. I heard the 
roaring of the flames, and saw a multitude of people carrying 
household goods, and rushing toward State Street bridge; I 
started on a run with the others, and by the time we reached 
the bridge it was burning/ ' He vividly describes, how the 
flames would rise several hundred feet high and roll in billows 
for blocks ahead; how the orphans guided by the Sisters of 
St. Joseph were fleeing over North Avenue Bridge to the 
western prairie as the only safe place of refuge. By 7 o'clock 
on the 10th of October, nothing was left to burn. During 
these dreadful days and the weeks following Fathers Clement 
Venn and Thomas Burke of St. ColumkihVs the only 
churches that escaped the conflagration, did everything in 
their power to relieve the situation. St. Boniface Church and 
School and every available place was thrown open for the 
sufferers. Father Venn and his mother worked days and 
nights bringing in clothing, bedding and victuals for their 
countless guests. An eye witness, tells how on one occasion, 
since vehicles could not be obtained, Father Venn came into 
the school loaded down with hams, and bacon, and sausages 
which he had gathered, God knows where. "Strung together 
he had six hams hanging over his shoulders, three in front 
and three behind; from his elbows hung slabs of bacon, and 
in his hands in front of him, he held strings of sausages. His 
face was black with cinders and smoke, and he walked very 
slowly lest he might drop some of his valuable cargo.' ' The 
joy at such a sight among the starving people can be 

Interior of Frame Church 



The poem of John Greenleaf Whittier will describe in verse 
the aid and sympathy which was in evidence during that try- 
ing disaster. 

Men said at Vespers: All is well! 

In one night the city fell; 

Fell shrines of prayer and marts of grain 

Before the fiery hurricane. 

On threescore spires had sunset shone, 
Where ghastly sunrise looked on none; 
Men clasped each other's hand and said: 
The City of the West is dead! 

Brave hearts who fought, in slow retreat, 
The fiends of fire from street to street, 
Turned, powerless, to the blinding glare, 
The dumb defiance of despair. 

A sudden impulse thrilled each wire 

That signalled round the sea of fire; 

Swift words of cheer, warm heart throbs came; 

In tears of pity died the flame! 

From East, from West, from South, from North, 
The messages of hope shot forth, 
And underneath the severing wave, 
The world, fullhanded, reached to save. 

Fair seemed the old, but fairer still 

The new dreary void shall fill, 

With dearer homes than those overthrown, 

For love shall lay each cornerstone. 


Rise! stricken city! — from thee throw 
The ashen sackcloth of thy woe; 
And build, as Thebesto amphion's strain, 
The songs of cheer thy walls again! 

How shrivelled, in thy hot distress, 
The primal sin of selfishness! 
How instant rose, to take thy part, 
The angel in the human heart! 

Ah, not in vain the flames that tossed 
Above thy dreadful holocaust; 
The Christ again has preached thru thee 
The gospel of humanity! 

Men lift once more thy towers on high, 
And fret with spires the Western sky, 
To tell that God is yet with us, 
And love is still miraculous. 

This memorable event, started a new era in the growth of 
St. Boniface Parish. Many of those who had come over as 
refugees bought property and made their permanent residence 
here. Many of the old frame buildings still in evidence on 
our alleys and streets date from that time. It also meant a 
new era of building for the parish itself. Father Venn was 
not a successful builder. Of the buildings that he erected 
only one remains, the old priests' house, now used for the 
nuns' convent. The reasons for his failure in this respect 
were first of all his own timidity and conservatism. He 
was afraid of debt, and did not wish to burden his people. 
The second reason was the opposition of the laity, who still 



wished to have a determining voice in parish financing. He 
therefore, had to resort to compromise to enlarging and 
patching, when he himself often was convinced of the 
advantages of more radical changes. 

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Aeroplane View of St. Boniface Church Properties in 1885 

The church, originally a small building, had been moved 
back to the alley, and extended in front to the street. This 
was done shortly after the fire. The belrry had been erected 
in 1883 to accommodate the bells for which there was no pro- 
vision made in the church. The bells had been bought in 
1882. They arrived in January 1883, and were blessed and 
installed in February, 1883. They are the same wonderful 
bells in our church tower today. In 1874 the school had 
been remodeled and enlarged so as to contain six class rooms. 
The school was on posts, but a brick foundation had been 
placed under the church, the foundation of a more pre' 
tentious edifice of the future, which, however, failed to meet 
the building requirements. The house between the church 


and school was the rectory. The sisters' convent is marked 
by No. 2. In 1885 the last building was added, a three 
story brick, which was used as the rectory. The first floor 
of the old rectory was occupied by the sisters in 1886, 
and the second story was changed into a parish hall, also 
serving the purpose of an additional class room for the school. 
Of all these buildings only two remain on the premises. The 
priests' house built in 1885, now used as a convent, and the 
old rectory, now used as the janitors' house. The nuns' 
convent originally used as the rectory was the only building 
Father Venn erected according to his own mind. It is a 
splendid three and a half story structure of brick, and com 
pares creditably with the more pretentious buildings put up 
later. This building which to-day is valued at $25,000, cost 
$5,000.00. But the expenditure of this amount which to us 
seems ridiculously small, as usually, aroused the anger of the 
bad element in the parish. They complained that he was 
erecting a palace for himself, and that a frame building 
certainly should have been good enough. It is easy to see, 
why Father Venn did not become a great builder. But he 
foresaw the day when building would become necessary, and 
he faithfully and scrupulously prepared the way for his suc- 
cessor, who received the parish from his hands not only 
unencumbered with debt, but with $20,000.00 in the bank. 
Father Venn was a scholar. The training of the priests 
in the early days in this country necessarily was far from 
thorough, and after their ordination they were far too busy to 
give much time to study and reading. Father Venn, how 
ever, in the midst of his work retained his love for the science 
he had learned in his youth. He was very fond of the classics, 
Latin and Greek. Unlike many other immigrant priests he 
immediately set himself to master the English language, and 


acquired great fluency in it. On account of this, he was 
accused by some of his parishoners of attempting to make the 
parish Irish. On one occasion when he read a letter from 
the bishop in English, some of the kickers walked out of the 
church saying: "Das darf man sich nicht gefallen lassen." 

His house soon became the rendezvous of the litteratti 
among the clergy. His thorough knowledge of theology 
and his sound judgment were frequently consulted by such 
men as Dr. Butler of St. Johns, who was appointed bishop, 
but died the day before his consecration; Dr. Barret of St. 
Stephans, who was shot by a fanatic; Father Burke of St. 
ColumkilTs, and Father Dunne, present bishop of Peoria. 
Perhaps the most learned of all these friends, and the one who 
deserved the most credit for his work for the diocese was Dr. 
John McMullen, later Bishop of Davenport, Iowa. The 
third bishop of Chicago, Dr. Duggan, became insane. Father 
McMullen had noticed the symptoms of approaching insanity 
for some time, and fearing the confusion it might bring into 
the diocese had consulted his fellow priests, among them 
Father Venn, who at that time was still at Metamora, about 
the best course to pursue in this fearful state of affairs. He 
was advised by them to go to Rome and state the case. At 
this conference he had become acquainted with the deep 
learning and sound judgment of Father Venn, and when 
Bishop Foley was appointed the head of the diocese, even 
before his consecration, at the suggestion of Dr. McMullen, 
he made Father Venn pastor of St. Boniface. Shortly after' 
wards Dr. McMullen became the pastor of the Holy Name 
Cathedral. He chose Father Venn as his confessor, and 
became a frequent caller at St. Boniface. 

While Father Venn was at Metamora, his father died in 
Germany and his mother, since most of her children were 

Dr. Carl Venn 
Still a Resident of the District and Parishioner 



in America, came, to make her home with Father Venn. 
She was an excellent cook, and good entertainer. Dr. 
McMullen and the other priests who frequented St. Boni- 
face always paid their respects to her, and her excellent table. 
She died May 1st, 1879. In her last illness she was attended 
by "Miss Lizxie" Salm who remained the housekeeper of 
Father Venn until his resignation in 1895. 

Another brother, Mr. Charles Venn, born April 2, 1844, 
had come to this country in 1861. Although very young, 
he became a professor at a boys' school in St. Paul. This 
school had been founded by Father John Ireland, later Arch- 
bishop of St. Paul, who had been ordained in 1861 together 
with Father Theodore Venn. Father Ireland later became 
chaplain in the army, and the school was discontinued. The 
young professor, desirous of studying medicine then came 
to Chicago. He, however, retained the friendship of Bishop 
Ireland until the day of the latter' s death. Bishop Ireland 
never failed to visit Dr. Chas. Venn when he came through 
the city. Charles Venn entered Rush Medical College and 
after obtaining his degree spent some years in the clinics of 
Europe, especially Vienna. He was a favorite student of 
Virschow, by whom he was entrusted with a great deal of 
private research work. At that time the miracles of Blessed 
Catherine Emerich were attracting attention in Europe, 
especially in Germany. Dr. Virschow, who was an unbeliever 
was on the committee of investigation. Upon his return Dr. 
Venn, who was a staunch defender of the faith asked him, 
what he thought of the miracles. To which Virschow reluc 
tantly admitted, that they were something he could not 
explain. While in Europe, Dr. Venn found time to visit the 
places made famous by the reformation of Luther, and he has 
kept up his historical interest in the Reformation all his life. 


Upon his return to America he was made Professor of Anat/ 
omy in Rush Medical, his Alma Mater. He immediately 
resigned this position when it was hinted that he ought to 
become a Free Mason. At the request of Father Venn, he chose 
the neighborhood of St. Boniface as his field of work, and in 
February, 1881, married Miss Louise Dinet, the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dinet, members of the parish since its 
foundation. Miss Dinet, however, had been born in Belfort, 
France, in the home of her ancestors. The mother of the 
young lady, Mrs. Adele Dinet, came to America shortly after 
the first church was built, and being a strict Catholic, went 
to mass the first Sunday. She was put out of one pew by John 
Reisel, and prevented from entering another by the occupant 
and owner, but was finally rescued by Mrs. Splitthof, well 
known to all old parishioners. Mrs. Splitthof not only gave 
her a seat in her own pew, but secured her name and address 
and eventually enrolled her into all the women's societies. 
Mrs. Dinet spoke no German and Mrs. Splitthof spoke only 
German. But for almost fifty years they managed to get 
along. The only misunderstandings were occasioned by the 
fact that Mrs. Dinet always answered, "J a > Ja," when some 
times Mrs. Splitthof expected her to say, "Nein." Mrs. Dinet 
died in 1922 in her eightyseventh year. Her name is pep 
petuated in the church, by the donation of four windows, 
being those back of the confessionals. Her husband Joseph, 
who died in 1884 bequeathed the parish church $5,000.00. 
The presence in the parish of his brother and his family 
was a great consolation to Father Venn. When the cares 
of his position and the worries from the opposition pressed 
upon him too heavily he always found rest and consolation 
there. His brother's children especially brightened his life. 
They are Theodore, Charles, Henry, and Louise, now Mrs. 


Paul Juhnke. The children of the parish in general were very 
dear to Father Venn, and they all loved him, because they 
knew he loved them. When they made their first Holy Com' 
munion, which was on Low Sunday, he preached three times. 
(1) After the children entered the church; "renewal of Bap' 
tismal vows; 11 (2) After the reading of the Gospel; and (3) 
just before Communion. His exhortations to the young never 
failed to bring tears to the eyes of old and young. Father 
Venn was a splendid orator on all occasions, frequently 
mounting the heights of eloquence. 

In 1891 the parish had increased to more than 600 families; 
besides his own people Father Venn took care of a great many 
of the parishioners of Holy Trinity Polish Church, which in 
consequence of the old trouble between the clergy and the 
laity had been closed for 18 years. This church finally was 
reopened by Msgr. Satolli, papal delegate at the time, and 
entrusted to the Holy Cross Fathers. 

On acount of his experience with the picnics of the Unter 
stuetz,ungS'Verein, Father Venn never favored picnics as a 
source of parish revenue. But he did have many Bazaars, 
which were generally held in the Northwest Hall, corner 
Cornell and Rose Streets, the Aurora Turner Hall, Mil" 
waukee and Huron; one even was held down town in the 
Metropolitan Block. While his enemies were untiring in 
harrassing him, he had from the very beginning gained the 
regard and the love of the vast majority. Among these a few 
deserve particular mention. Mrs. Juliana Schueler, was a 
wonderful help to him at all the bazaars, and in any under- 
taking to raise money. At the time of the Bazaars she would 
get a wagon and travel from store to store, even down town, 
and bring loads of articles, bedspreads, quilts, curtains, 
chairs and other furniture, jewelry, etc., to the hall. The 


Demes brothers, George and John, collected the pew rent 
which was paid quarterly in the sacristy. At one time there 
was a difference between the cash and the accounts of three 
cents. Father Venn and the Demes brothers worked three 
evenings trying to locate the mistake, occasioned by the 
German writing of the number 7 which had made it a 4. 
Andrew Sprengel, was another pious old soul who went to 
mass every day. In 1894 a fire broke out in Schuenemann's 
and quickly spread to the roof of the church. In putting the 
fire out, one of the fireman broke through the ceiling. The 
insurance company awarded $300.00 damage, which Andrew 
Sprengel repaired for $12.00. There were many others who 
at various times distinguished themselves for loyalty to their 
pastor and devotion to their parish. Many of their names 
and deeds are forgotten, while others will be mentioned else' 
where in this book. We have space only to enumerate the 
assistant priests during his time. 

The baptismal record of the parish shows the following 
signatures: — 

March 12th, 1865 to April 7th, 1867, Father Phil 
Albrecht, except the period from Feb. 18th, to March 17th, 
1866, which entries are signed by his brother, Max Albrecht. 
During this period there were a total of 220 baptisms. The 
penmanship of Father Albrecht and his brother is very 

From April 7th, 1867 to June 9th, 1867, there are no 
entries in the record. From June 9th, to June 30th, there 
are ten entries signed by D. Niederkorn, S. J. The penman' 
ship is very poor. 

From July 6th, 1867 to August 15th, 1869, the entries are 
signed by J. A. Marshall, a total of 360. The penmanship is 


From Sept. 4th, 1869, to July 27th, 1895, there are a total 
of 6,651 baptisms. The entries are mostly signed by Father 
Venn, whose penmanship, though by no means beautiful is 
always legible. This gives an average of 256 baptisms a year, 
and indicates a very large parish. The largest number was in 

1888, viz., 335. 

The name of the first assistant, H. Bangen appears in the 
book, Feb. 22nd, 1878. The penmanship is legible, but not 

On April 22nd, 1883, we find the signature of John M. 
Schaefer. The penmanship is legible. 

On February 2nd, 1884, the name of Westharp, begins to 
appear. The penmanship is good. 

August 8th, 1887, we have the signature of P. L. Bier- 
mann, whose entries are exact and legible. 

The entries of J. Dickmann, which began, August 5th, 

1889, are very beautiful. 

The entries of Joseph Rempe, the first of which appears, 
January 7th, 1 890 are almost illegible. 

The first entry signed by Father Albert Evers, as assistant 
appears Sept. 30th, 1890. His penmanship, both as asistant 
and later as pastor is abominable. 

On Sept. 10th, 1891, we have the first entry by A. Wolf 
garten. His penmanship is fair, and the entries accurate. 

On February, 21st, 1895, the name J. Meyer, appears 
the first time. His penmanship is beautiful, and the entries 
are accurate. 

The reason for the prominence given to the penmanship of 
the pastors and assistants of the parish is gratitude on one 
side and resentment on the other, since this chapter is written 
by one who has to decipher these records almost every day. 

Two priests of the parish said their First Holy Mass in St. 


Boniface Church during the pastorate of Father Venn. They 
are Father Paul Rosch who said his first mass on June 24th, 
1895, and Father J. P. Suerth on December 10th, 1893. 

In the 62nd year of his life, in the year 1895, Father 
Venn resigned as pastor of St. Boniface. As his successor, he 
suggested to Archbishop Feehan one of his former assistants, 
Father Albert Evers. Father Venn took up his residence 
in Germany. On three different occasions he revisited his old 
parish. He died November 1 3th, 1911. In accordance with 
his wish his remains were brought to this parish, where he 
had labored so long and faithfully. Archbishop Quigley sang 
the funeral mass, and Bishop Edmund Dunne of Peoria, his 
old friend, preached the funeral sermon in German. With a 
large concourse of clergy and laity, his remains were interred 
in St. Boniface cemetery, where they await the day of Resur- 
rection. As a posthumous token of affection he bequeathed 
$4,000.00 a large portion of his estate to his beloved parish. 
Requiem masses are said every year for the repose of his soul, 
on the 13th and 23 rd of November. May his soul rest in 


ather Albert Evers was pastor of St. Boni' 
face from August 3rd, 1895, to July 8th, 

From all his assistants, he was chosen by 
Father Venn, as the one best fitted for the 
immediate needs of the parish. 

He was born in Warburg, Westphalia, 
July 10th, 1863. He made his classics in 
Germany, but Philosophy and Theology, in St. Francis, Wis- 
consin. He was ordained by Archbishop Heiss, in the semi' 
nary chapel, June 24th, 1887. He said his first Holy Mass 
in St. Nicholas' Church, Aurora, 111., whose pastor, Father 
Schnueckel, had been his friend, and whose first assistant he 

About September 30th, 1890, he was appointed as assist' 
ant at St. Boniface Church. A little less than a year later he 
was appointed pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Con' 
ception, in Kankakee, 111. He was in Kankakee a little less 
than four years. During this time, he built up the parish 
spiritually and financially, and endeared himself so much to 
all the people of the town irrespective of creed, that today 
after more than thirty years, he is still remembered. 

His skill at raising money, is illustrated by the following 
story. At a Fair for the benefit of the parish, he had a popu' 
larity contest between a certain Mr. Kruse, a wealthy lumber 
man, and another man of the parish. Mr. Kruse seems not 
to have been overgenerous, but Father Evers resolved that 
he would make up for past remissness this time. The other 


Reverend Albert Evers 
Fourth Pastor of St. Boniface Church 



man whose name is forgotten, had a great many friends, but 
not so much money. As the contest progressed Father Evers 
met Mr. Kruse one day and told him that the other man was 
getting far ahead of him. Wounded in his pride, Mr. Kruse 
gave him fifty dollars to overcome the lead of his rival. The 
following day, another member of the parish instructed by 
Father Evers, remarked to Kruse, that unless something was 
done, he would fall far behind, and Kruse came across with 
another fifty. This ruse was used constantly until the end 
of the contest, when to the amazement of Kruze and the mirth 
of the whole town, he was over eight hundred dollars ahead. 
For a few weeks after the event, Mr. Kruse was seen walking 
the streets of the town shaking his had and muttering to him' 
self, "Oh, Kruse, Kruse!'' 

The reason which induced Father Venn to suggest Father 
Evers as his successor was his strong character. He was de' 
termined, strong and self 'willed, caring little for opposition. 
A character of that kind was needed in St. Boniface, if the 
buildings, which had to be erected soon, should be worth 

Father Evers became the pastor of St. Boniface, August 
3rd, 1895. In October of 1896, the old school had been 
removed and the new one was ready for occupancy. It con' 
tains twelve large classrooms, perfect and up-tcdate even 
now, thirty years afterwards, the top floor contains a large 
entertainment hall fitted out with a good stage, a smaller 
society hall seating about a hundred people, and a large kit' 
chen. The basement contained club rooms, a bowling alley, 
and the heating plant. The cost of the building was 
$50,000.00. It could not be built today for less than 
$300,000.00 The expectation of Father Venn had been 
realized. This indeed was rapid work. 


On March 2nd, 1896, and on April 28th, of the same 
year, the following items occur in the expenditures: Jacob 
Geneser for land $6,000.00; Ferdinand Degen for property 
$3,350.00. By these purchases, Father Evers acquired the 
property on Noble St. north of the alley, and made an outlet 
for the alley on Walton St. By city ordinance, he secured 
possession of the alley, and enough property to build the 
magnificent church and rectory he had in view. 

After a short breathing time he began the building of the 
new rectory and church. The rectory and the north end 
of the basement of the church were built first, so that the 
basement could be used for services after the old church had 
been torn down. A good view of the house is obtained from 
the picture in this book of the Laying of the Corner Stone 
by Bishop Muldoon, on September 7th, 1902. 

The ground for the new church was broken, March 1st, 
1902, and on Christmas day, 1903, the first solemn high mass 
was sung in the new edifice. The June, 1904, "Pfarrbote der 
St. Bonifacius Gemeinde" contains the following: 

"In August, 1895, Rev. Albert Evers was called from the 
Immaculate Conception Church, Kankakee, Illinois, to fill the 
vacancy made by the resignation of Father Venn. He is 
progressive and energetic. He has a host of friends and 
admirers, who are staunch and loyal, because of his zeal, 
charity, and strength of character. . . . Upon entering 
his new field of labor, he began to infuse new life into the 
various societies. When these were newly invigorated, he 
turned his special attention to the school. 'We must have 
a new school,' he said. k If once the school is built, the 
church will follow as a matter of course.' The school build' 
ing in all its detail work and practical arrangement is one of 
the best in the city. As far as the course of education is con' 


cerned, it is only necessary to state, that since 1868 it is in 
charge of the Sisters of St. Francis, of Joliet. They are so 
well known as an educational body, that their name itself is 
guarantee for success and progress. Besides the class rooms, 
the building contains a bowling alley, club rooms, and large 
entertainment hall. It was erected at a cost of $50,000. 
. . . Hardly had this task been completed, when the ener- 
getic pastor turned his attention to the erection of a new 
church. The parish is one of the most flourishing, of the 
oldest and of the most prominent, and the temple of worship 
should be in keeping. . . . The church is a magnificent 
structure. Large, stately and imposing, it compares in archi- 
tectural beauty, with the finest churches in the west. One 
of the most comfortable rectories in the city adjoins it to the 
north, costing with the church itself $110,000. . . . The 
edifice was designed by Henry J. Schlacks under the direc- 
tion of the pastor. It covers an area of 80x2 1 8 feet and is of 
Roman style of architecture. It is constructed of pressed 
brick with Bedford stone trimmings, tile roof and copper 
cornices, and the interior columns and the roof trusses are of 
steel. The main tower of the belfry is over 150 feet high. 
. . . The interior of the church is 160 feet deep, 40 feet 
wide and 52 feet high, and has a seating capacity of 900. The 
windows and altars are temporary, and will be removed in 
the near future, to be replaced by new ones to be imported 
from Munich.' ' So far the article from the "Pfarrbote." 

Another article says: "Mit gerechtem Stolze schaut die 
St. Bonifacius Gemeinde auf ihr neues Gottes Haus. Es ist 
eine Perle der Baukunst. Sein Aeuszeres fesselt den Blick des 
Vorbeigehenden und fordert ihn gleichsam heraus mit kritis- 
chem Auge das Ganze zu mustern um irgend einen Fehler 
zu entdecken. In der Naehe der Kirche werden die Schritte 

The Third Pastor of St. Boniface Church Grouped with 
His and Father Evers' Curates 

Reverend Henry Hauser 

Reverend Wm. Fab< 

Reverend Jos. Meyer 
Reverend Clement Venn 
Reverend Leon Linden Reverend F. A. Rempe 



unwillkuerlich langsamer und wenige gehen vorueber ohne 
dem imposanten Bau einige Aufmerksamkeit 2iu schenken, ja, 
die meisten bleiben stehen, urn mit mehr Musse dieses Kunst' 
werk betrachten su koennen. Doch, ob man von den Grund' 
mauern bis sur Turmesspitse seine Blicke pruefend wandern 
laes2;t, ueberall begegnet einem dieselbe Soliditaet, gemildert 
nur durch die Reinheit and Schoenheit der Formen. Ernst, 
Ruhe, Mass — die Charaktereigenschaften des romanischen 
Baustils, sind hier eingepraegt, und machen den gansen Bau 
su einem wuerdigen Dollmetscher des Ernstes, der Ruhe, der 
Ordnung, die in jener Religion herrschen, fuer deren Gottes' 
dienst er bestimmt ist. Und tritt man ein durch das herrliche 
steinerne Portal, an der Taufkapelle, mit ihrer kunstvoll ge' 
wirkten eisernen Gitterthuer vorbei, wird man gefesselt von 
der Fuelle des Lichtes, von dem Reichtum und der Schoenheit 
der Architektur von dem edlen Ernst, die den weiten Raum 
durchwehen und beleben — und lebhaft kann man sich vor- 
stellen, in welcher Pracht dieses Gotteshaus einst prangen 
wird wenn noch Malerei und Sculptur ihre Erseugnisse dort 
glaensen lassen. . . . Und doch, trots alien Glances, aller 
Schoenheit, fehlt es dem edlen Bau an etwas Wesentlichem. 
In den Augen der Kirche ist er noch ein Leib ohne Seele. 
Denn hoeheres Leben hat ihn von der Mauer bis sur Turmes' 
spitse noch nicht durchschauert, Gottes Odem weht noch 
nicht durch seine geraeumigen Hallen. Es fehlt ihm die 
kirchliche Weihe, jene Weihe, die diesen kunstvoll errich' 
teten Bau su einer Kirche, sum Hause Gottes, sum Vorhof 
des Himmels umbilden soil. Doch auch fuer ihn ist bereits 
der Schoepfungsmorgen, der Pfingsttag angebrochen. Am 
5ten Juni, dem Gedenktag des hi. Bonifacius, des Patrons der 
Gemeinde, an dem herrlichen Feiertag der Kirche — Fron' 
leichnamstag — soil durch bischoefliche Haende Gottes Segen 


in den neuen Bau geleitet werden, urn dort m einer neuen 
Heilsquelle sich zu sammeln. . . . Denkwuerdig wie kein 
anderer ist darum dieser Tag fuer die St. Bonifacius Ge- 
meinde — denkwuerdig nicht allein wegen der hohen Wuer' 
dentraeger, welche mit ihrer Gegenwart das neue Gotteshaus 
beehren werden, der groszen Anzahl von Priestern, welche 
der Feier beiwohnen werden; sondern vor allem weil 'heute 
ist diesem Hause Heil widerfahren,' 'Hie est domus Dei, et 
porta coeli. 1 " 

In order that proper credit may be given to the parish' 
ioners of those days, who actively supported their pastor, and 
made the building of this beautiful church possible, the names 
of the notable contributors as they appear for the year 1902 
are given: Theodor Mieling, $50; John Wagner, $25; Frank 
Kongorski, $25; John Nabor, $20; Johan Mathia, $25; Anna 
Rohold, $25; Frank Leermann, $25; Albert Veitle, $20; 
Frank Grun, $50; A. Wesemann, $25; Kallas, $40; Gustav 
Quiatkowski, $20; Jacob Blume, $20; Paul Weiss, $25; Bern' 
hard Stegmeier, $25; Andreas Stenzel, $25; Paul Schroeder, 
$50; Alb Golnik, $100; Kiesling, $25; Mrs. Lauermann, 
$100; Ignats Kuschinski, $30; Frank Staal, $20; Guerten, 
$35; Peter Brod, $20; Kallas, $25; Guerten, $25; Peter Ham- 
mer, $20; Albert Orzjada, $25; Kreft, $45; Wiseski, $20; Ch. 
Golly, $50; Joseph Moeller, $25; Joseph Schufreider, $25; 
Franz Musolf, $25; John Bredel, $30; Jacob Schmidt, $25; 
Andreas Behrendt, $25; Gertrude Schabelski, $30; John 
Wruck, $20; Peter Steib, $25; Simon Sass, $25; Christ Fied- 
ler, $20; Jacob Nelles, $150; Frank Kolakowski, $25; Jacob 
Barski, $50; Hieronymus Gerlach, $20; Jacob Hoffmann, 
$20; Johann Sowka, $50; Helena Braun, $20; Julius Weske, 

That the priests had their difficulties also then can be in' 


ferred from the following sermon which was preached by 
Father F. A. Rempe Sunday evening, May 25th, 1903. "Es 
ist dieser Tag ein denkwuerdiger in der Geschichte der St. 
Bonifacius Gemeinde. Wir wollen heute Abschied nehmen 
von einem anderen Freunde, von diesem alten Gotteshause. 
Zum leUten Male hat sich heute Abend diese ganz,e Ge' 
meinde versammelt zur oeffentlichen Andacht innerhalb 
seiner morschen Mauern, und unter seinem ehrwuerdigen 
Dache. In wenigen Tagen wird es unter dem Schwunge der 
Arbeiter hinsinken, um fernerhin nur in der Erinnerung zu 
bestehen. Nicht mit Verachtung wollen wir es niederreiszen, 
nicht ohne Ehrfucht sein Ende betrachten sondern ehrer- 
bietig wie am Grabe eines teuren Freundes wollen wir die 
Schluszfeier begehen; denn wir koennen nicht vergessen, 
welch heiligem Dienste es geweiht, welche Erinnerungen es 
uns schauen machen, welchen Segen es uns gespendet. Seit 
dem 5. April, 1865, da es hier von den ersten deutschen 
Ansiedlern dieser Gegend errichtet wurde, bis auf den heuti' 
gen Tag hat dieses Gotteshaus den erhabensten Dienst ge' 
leistet — es war trotz seiner Armut ein Haus des Allerhoech- 
sten, die Wohnung Gottes unter uns Menschen. Hier hat 
es Gott gefallen, den Tron seiner Gnade auszuschlagen und 
segnend unter uns zu weilen — darum ist dieses Haus ein heil' 
iger Ort. Darum habt ihr es hoch in Ehren gehalten. Nicht 
genug kann dies z,u Eurem Lobe hervorgehoben werden, dasz 
obwohl es gewiss nicht angenehm ist, dass andere juengere 
Gemeinden schoenere Gotteshaeuser haben und veraechtlich 
auf Euch herabschauen, Ihr dennoch treu zu dieser Gemeinde 
gehalten, dass ihr Euch um dieses Kleinod geschaart, um 
eine Gemeinde z,u bilden, welche z,u einer der Bluehendsten 
deutschen Gemeinden unserer Stadt geworden ist. 

"Dieses Gotteshaus ist Euch teuer, weil es verknuepft ist 



The Church and New School 

mit den denkwuerdigsten Tagen Eures eigenen Lebens und 
dem Eurer Familie. Viele von Euch sind hier Kinder Gottes 
geworden durch die hi. Taufe, viele haben hier zuerst ein 
reumuetiges Gestaendniss ihrer Fehler abgelegt sur Vergeb' 
ung ihrer Suenden. Hier ist suerst das Brod des Lebens ge' 
reicht worden, hier seid Ihr nach Handauflegung des Bischofs 
Streiter Gottes geworden, von dieser Kirche kam der Priester 
zu Euren Kranken und in der letsten Stunde, von dieser 
Kirche aus sind Kinder, Geschwistern, Eltern, Freunde be' 
graben worden. Im Winter und Sommer, in Regen und 
Schnee, hat diese Kirche Euch auf genommen, ihre Priester zu 
Eurer Hilfe bereitgestanden. Diese Kirche war Zeuge vieler 
glaensender Festtage, feierliche Prosessionen, erhabener 
Handlungen, ergreifender Missionen, Primissfeierlichkeiten 
und dergleichen mehr. In Freud und Leid seid Ihr zu dieser 
Kirche geeilt. Wer zaehlt die Gnaden, die hier unsichtbar 
Eure Seelen erfuellt, die Gnade der Erleuchtung durch das 


Wort Gottes, der Kraeftigung durch die hi. Sakramente, der 
Bekerung durch Missionen und gute Beichten, der Beharr 
lichkeit durch die mannigfaltigen Gnadenschaetse Gottes. 
Kann es uns da Wunder nehmen, dass diese Kirche trots ihrer 
Armut Euch ans Hers gewachsen ist und dass Ihr nicht ohne 
Wehmut susehet wie diese Staette des Segens und der Gnade 
in einen Truemmerhaufen verwandelt wird, um dann gans su 

"Doch Ihr wisset es, es geschieht ja nicht, weil wir kein 
Verstaendniss haben fuer seine glorreiche Vergangenheit, 
nicht weil wir einen hi. Ort nicht gebuehrend ehren, son' 
dern, weil es notwendig ist, um einem neuen und wuerdig- 
eren Gotteshause Plats su machen. An der Staette des alten 
Gotteshauses soil ein neuer herrlicher Tempel erbaut werden; 
Gott sur Ehre, unserer hi. Kirche sur Zierde, Euch su mv 
sterblichem Ruhme. 

"Viele Jahre habt Ihr Euch darnacht gesehnt, viele Jahre 
grosse Opfer gebracht. Einen geistigen Tempel habt Ihr 
daher schon laengst errichtet; die St. Bonifacius Gemeinde ist 
bekannt fuer ihr reges religioeses Leben, Ihr seid bekannt fuer 
Eure Froemmigkeit und Euren hi. Wandel. 

"Mit froher Hoffnung im Hersen blicken wir den grossen 
Tag entgegen, da wir sum ersten Male eintreten koennen in 
jenes schoene Haus, welches durch Eure Muehe und Opfer 
aufgebaut werden soil. Bis jener Tag kommt, sollt Ihr treu 
ausharren, ruestig, freudig weiterarbeiten. Ihr sollt beten 
um ein glueckliches Gelingen dieser grossen Arbeit, denn an 
Gottes Segen ist ja alles gelegen. Ihr sollt auch keine Muehe 
und Opfer scheuen, um die Koston sum Bau herbeisutragen. 
Jetst besonders da wir uns mit anderen Raeumlichkeiten be 
jetst besonders da wir uns mit anderen Raeumlichkeiten be' 
helfen muessen, sollt Ihr nicht diese Gemeinde verlassen, um 


in einer anderen Kirche den Gottesdienst beisuwohnen, oder 
viel weniger noch den Gottesdienst ganz versaeumen, und 
bleibet treu der Gemeinde, bringet diese kleinen Opfer und 
Gott wird Euch lohnen. 

"Seid einig wie im Glauben, so auch im Streben und Ar- 
beiten fuer das Wohl dieser Gemeinde. Bleibet ihr treu 
Eurer Kirche, die Eure Familie geworden; schaaret um Euch 
hier in dieser Gemeinde Eure Freunde und Verwandte, 
welche die alte Heimat verlassen, fuehret sie ein bei uns, 
damit diese wie sie frueher gewesen auch in Zukunft sein 
sollen, ein Bollwerk unseres Glaubens, und Sitten und Tugen- 
den Eures alten Vaterlandes. 

"Seid Ihr so gesinnt, dann wird Erfolg Eure Muehe 
kroenen. Was schadet es dann, wenn einige unserer Arbeiter 
teilnahmslos oder gar unwillig gegenueberstehen. Wo guter 
Wille und aufrichtige opferwillige Arbeit und Gottes Segen, 
da wird, da muss der Tag kommen, wo unser Werk glueck- 
lich vollendet ist." 

This clever sermon is given in its entirety, not merely be- 
cause it is an oratorical gem, worthy of perpetuation, for the 
things it says, but historically for the things it leaves to con- 
jecture. We can easily see that there was opposition to the 
tearing down of the old church and to the erection of the 
new. We can see that this opposition was formidable 
enough, either to be coaxed into co-operation or to be shamed 
into silence. We can see also that the grim specter, that in 
coming years almost brought the parish to extinction, had 
already then cast the shadow of fear upon the pastor and 
his dwindling flock. 

But before we pass over to the study of this shadow, let us 
tarry awhile with the contemplation of the parish in its 
halcyon days. 



Dedication of the New Church, 1904, by Right Reverend Archbishop Quigley 

On June 5th, 1904, the solemn dedication of the church 

took place. The next day all the city papers featured an 

account of the proceedings. The report of the Chicago 

Examiner is given, as an example: 

"Through crowded streets, decorated with flags, banners and 
evergreens, 30,000 men marched yesterday as a part of the cere- 
monies dedicating the new St. Boniface Catholic Church, Noble and 
Cornell Streets. 

"It was one of the most impressive religious spectacles in the his- 
tory of Chicago. 

"Assisting Archbishop Quigley in the ceremonies of the day were 
Bishop Muldoon, the Rev. M. J. Marsile of St. Viateur's College, as 
deacon of honor; the Rev. Joseph Rainor of St. Francis, Wis.; the 
Rev. Francis Rempe of Blue Island; Francis Barry, H. J. Dorney and 
the Rev. J. Hausser of Chicago; the Rev. M. J. Fitzsimmons, as 
master of ceremonies, and Archbishop Messmer of Milwaukee, who 
preached the dedication sermon. 



"Only a small number of the vast throng who participated in and 
witnessed the pageant could get inside the church, but when the 
great organ pealed forth the opening number, announcing the begin- 
ning of the ceremonies, the thousands who crowded about the edifice 
removed their hats and bowed their heads in reverenc. 

"The new church was literary covered with banners and flags, 
while the interior was profusely decorated with roses and lilies. 

"The dedication of the house of worship took place in the fore- 
noon and at 3 o'clock in the afternoon equally impressive services 
were conducted in confirmation of 230 boys and girls. 

Jacob Nelles 

"The confirmation ceremonies were conducted by Bishop Mul- 

"The great parade, which took place at 1 o'clock in the afternoon, 
was given as a personal mark of honor to Archbishop Quigley. 

"It was made up from the Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of 
Columbus, Knights of St. John and Knights of America and over a 
hundred other societies. 


"The paraders wore brilliant uniforms, and as they marched 
through the crowded thoroughfares evergreen branches, flowers and 
banners were waved in their honor. 

"The procession started from the church at sharply 1 o'clock in 
the afternoon. The march was made west to Ashland Avenue, north 
to Division Street, east to Holt Avenue, north to West North 
Avenue, east to Noble Street, and thence south to the church. 

"A feature of the gorgeous parade was a fife and dnim corps com' 
posed of 300 boys belonging to the United States Juniors. 

"The parade was divided into five divisions, under the direction 
of Chief Marshal Jacob Nelles and Assistants Joseph Grein, Dr. J. 
Straten, Peter Biron, Peter Mueller and Adam Jaeger. Organizations 
from Joliet, Aurora, Kankakee, Elgin and Milwaukee were in line. 

"At 10 o'clock in the forenoon, just before the dedication sermon 
by Archbishop Messmer of Milwaukee, high pontifical mass was 
intoned by Archbishop Quigley. 

"In his sermon Archbishop Messmer in eloquent terms spoke of 
the wonderful good that the dedication of such an edifice as St. 
Boniface's would accomplish. He congratulated the parishioners on 
the beautiful and costly structure that had been made possible 
through their efforts. 

"The Archbishop also paid a high tribute to the untiring efforts 
of Father Evers, pastor of the St. Boniface parish. Archbishop Mess- 
mer then "spoke of the great spiritual good that such a church and 
such a pastor could accomplish. 

"Organist John Stemper led a perfectly trained chorus of over 250 
voices and also directed the orchestra. Miss Frances Weber, Miss 
Rose Keisling and Miss Rose Marino were the soloists. 

"Following the dedication a public reception in honor of Arch- 
bishop Quigley was given, at which Miss Christine Weske, Julius 
Weske and John Fensterle spoke on behalf of the various organiza- 
tions of the parish. 

"Prior to the confirmation services in the afternoon Bishop Mul- 
doon spoke enthusiastically of the new edifice, which, he said, would 
be productive of great good in the part of the city in which it is 

" k I want to congratulate the pastor of this parish, 1 he said to the 
vast throng that gathered in the great new church building. 'Father 
Evers has done a wonderful work here in this part of Chicago. 

k k I want to compliment with equal fervor the worthy and heroic 
assistants who have stood by him shoulder to shoulder in the struggle 
for the magnificent edifice which is dedicated to the work of our 
great church today. 


" Tt is a wonderful edifice which you have opened here in this 
thickly populated part of the city, and I am free to say it is nothing 
less than an epoch in the Catholic church history of Chicago. 

1 Tn this community in which it is located it is bound to enthuse 
a good Catholic spirit which will be productive of good. 

" T hope you will go on in your grand and noble work and I 
trust that ere long I shall have the great pleasure of witnessing the 
consecration of St. Boniface Church.' 

"Then turning to the white clad children before him, Bishop Mul- 
doon said: 

'* 'As it is necessary for a machine to pass through a great number 
of workmen's hands before it is completed, so it is necessary for 
your spiritual self to pass through different stages of perfecting, and 
today you are going to receive a very important sign of spiritual 

' 'You should realize this and prepare yourself to be in a sympa- 
thetic mood to gain its greatest benefits. The gift you receive this 
afternoon is infinitely greater than any which the world can ever 
give, and, after you leave here, you will never be the same as you 
were yesterday. This will give you strength, and strength is what 
you need, so that you can say "No" to temptation. 1 

"There was a banquet for the clergy last night, at which the 
principal address was made by Archbishop Messmer. 

"While St. Boniface is a German Roman Catholic Church, the 
ceremonies throughout the day were participated in by Catholics of 
all nationalities. 

"Polish, Italian, French and Bohemian, in fact, Catholics of many 
other nationalities took prominent parts, not only in the parade, but 
in all the ceremonies of the day. 

"Invitations had been sent out to 430 Catholic societies in Chi- 
cago and vicinity, and of this number over half were represented in 
the parade and at the services. 

"The new church is one of the finest in Chicago. It cost $125,000. 
The schoolhouse and convent adjoining it cost $50,000 and $15,000 
respectively. The rectory, which was a gift of the parishioners to the 
Rev. Albert Evers, pastor of the church, is one of the finest in 

"The new church covers an area of 80x218 feet and is built in 
Roman style of architecture, of pressed brick, with Bedford stone 
trimmings and copper cornices. 

"Its construction was commenced nearly two years ago under the 
direction of the pastor. 


"Although the interior decorations were not finished until a few 
weeks ago, the church was ready for occupancy last Christmas. 

"This is the second church the priests of St. Boniface parish have 
built at the same location. The original was erected in 1864 as a 
branch of St. Joseph's parish, and was torn down to make room for 
the new structure. 

"Since the Rev. A. Evers, the present pastor, has taken charge of 
the congregation he has succeeded in erecting a $40,000 parochial 
school building, a rectory and the present magnificent church. Father 
Evers is assisted in his work by the Rev. Leon Linden and the Rev. 
J. Hausser." 

The church, however, was in a very incomplete state as far 
as furnishings were concerned. We can imagine that Father 
Evers, would not be contended long with this condition. So 
during the following years, we see one bit of furniture added 
after the other, all of the same excellence and in keeping with 
the church itself. Beginning with the sacristy, we have the 
vestment case and the vesting table, a magnificent piece of 
work, and admirably suited for its purpose. In these years 
used on Christmas and Easter, and Corpus Christi, and the 
were purchased the cloth of gold vestments, one set white, 
other set red, used on Pentecost. If these vestments were 
bought today, their cost would be no less than $5,000. In 
the sanctuary were placed the sedilia and pulpit, both of fine 
carved oak, and the wonderfully carved communion railing, 
all in keeping with the solidity and restful grace of the edifice. 
During this time also date the stained glass windows of the 
sanctuary, representing the Evangelists and the Doctors of 
the Church, and the rose window in the organ loft with the 
beautiful picture of St. Cecilia. 

The oaken pews, beautiful in their strength and simplicity, 
were in place the day of the dedication; but the solid oak con' 
fessionals, with their symbolic carvings were acquired later. 
Then came the statues of St. Francis of Assisi, and St, 

Bridesmaids and Flower Girls 
Father Evers' Silver Jubilee 



Francis de Sales, and the Good Shepherd. As final works of 
art were added the Sorrowful Mother, and the Crucifix, 
which excited the admiration and the piety of every beholder. 

Father Evers had long dreamed and talked of an organ. 
Beside the altars it was the one thing that was lacking. May 
25th, 1907, he sent out the following letter: "Lange haben 
wir gewuenscht und gebeten, dass unsere Kirche und unser 
Gottesdienst verschoenert and verherrlict wuerden durch die 
erhebenden Klaenge und Toene einer praechtigen Orgel. 
. . . Der liebe Gott hat unser Gebet erhoert; ein Wohl' 
taeter Andreas Carnegie, wird uns $3,250.00 geben, nachdem 
wir dieselbe Summe kollectiert haben, etc." Achtungsvoll 
A. Evers, Pfarrer. 

The dream of years had come true, and on April 19th, 
1908, Easter Sunday, the new organ was used for the first 

But, "Majoresque cadunt altis de montibus umbrae/' 
There was one other day, whose warm and mellow radiance, 
shed its splendor over the bitter years of Father Evers' life, 
as sometimes in autumn, the golden rays of the warm sun 
seem to dispel the fear of dismal winter. And because it was 
such a beautiful day, filling his soul, the soul of a priest who 
amid disappointments and the fear of final failure had 
worked so hard for his parish, filling this soul with happiness, 
it deserves all the pages we can give it. 

It was the 23rd day of June, 1912, the day of his Silver 

Father Evers, himself says: "War das nicht ein schoenes 
Fest, das die St. Bonifacius Gemeinde ihrem langjaehrigen 
Herrn Parrer A. Evers am Tage seines 25 jaehrigen Priester' 
jubilaeums gefeiert hat? Es war nicht nur ein Fest fuer die 
Geistlichkeit, fuer die Hochw. Herren Amtsbrueder des Gc 


feierten; auch diese waren sahlreich zjugegen; es war nicht 
nur ein Fest fuer die Reichen und Gebildeten; auch deren 
sah man eine grosse Zahl unter den Festteilnehmern; es war 
auch nicht nur ein Fest fuer die einfachen und schlichten 
Leute, obwohl diese den groessten Teil der Festteilnehmer 
ausmachten, nein, es war ein Fest fuer alle, Arm und Reich, 
Gross und Klein, Vornehm und Gering, es war ein Familien- 
fest im wahren Sinne des Wortes, wo alle Mitglieder der 
Bonifacius Gemeinde, ohne Unterscheid des Standes und des 
Ranges, sich einmuetig um ihren geistigen Vater, Fuehrer 
und Berather versammelten, diesem an seinem Jubeltage als 
ihrem Vater und Freunde ihre Verehrung, und Huldigung 
darzubringen, ihm auf die verschiedenste Weise fuer seine 
langjaehrige aufopfernde Taetigkeit ihren Dank absustatten. 
. . . In Wahrheit solche Feste sind nur in der Katholischen 
Kirche moeglich, nur dort, wo die Katholische Kirche alle 
Schichten der Bevoelkerung als einigendes Band umschlingt, 
und fest und innig mit ihrem Hirten verknuepft. Ein solches 
Fest ehrt den Hirten nicht weniger, der geehrt werden soil, 
als das Volk, das ihm die Verehrung entgegenbringt; derm es 
legt Zeugniss ab, dass in der Gemeinde der Geist Christi 
herrscht, jener Geist der Liebe von dem der goettliche Heil- 
and lehrt: 'Daran soil die Welt erkennen, dass ihr meine 
Juenger, dass ihr einander liebet, wie ich euch geliebt habe.' 
. . . Ehre daher all den Guten, die an diesen Feste zu 
Ehren ihres Herrn Pfarrer teilgenommen haben; Ehre alien 
denjenigen, die das Fest veranstaltet und nach besten Koen- 
nen zu dem schoenen Verlaufe desselben beigetragen haben. 
Und da man als gebildeter Mann die Damen vorerst er 
waehnen soil, darum Ehre all den wackeren Damen, jungen 
und aelteren, die schon wochenlang vorher sich um das Zu- 
standekommen des Feste in der verschiedensten Weise be' 


mueht haben. Ehre den wackeren Juenglingen und Maen- 
nern, die so manches Mai zu den verschiedensten Berathun- 
gen sich in der Schulhalle versammelt, so manche und 
schwierige Geschaefte auf sich genommen haben, damit das 
Fest den schoenen Verlauf nehmen koennte, den es in der 
Tat genommen hat. Ehre aber auch den treuen und uner 
muedlichen Mitarbeiter des hochw. Herrn Jubilars selber, 
dem lieben und guten Father Jakl. Aufzuzaehlen was er alles 
getan hat, seinem hochw. Herrn Pfarrer den Tag zu einem 
Freudenreichen su gestallten, wagt, Schreiber dieses nicht, da 
er sonst fuerchtete, der Bescheidenheit des liebenswuerdigen 
Herrn zu nahe zu treten. . . . Aber was waere das Fest 
ohne die Kinder gewesen? Muss es die Eltern nicht wahr- 
haft freuen, dass ihre Kinder in der St. Bonifacius Schule 
unter der Leitung der guten Schwestern solches zu leisten 
vermoegen? . . . Was soil man noch weiter von all den 
Vereinen sagen, die in der St. Bonifacius Gemeinde ihren 
Sits und die St. Bonifacius Gemeinde als gemeinsames Vater- 
haus haben? Wie haben sie sich Muehe gegeben, das Fest zu 
verherrlichen und den anderen Gemeinde zu zeigen, mit 
welch innigen Banden sie mit der St. Bonifacius Kirche und 
derem geistlichen Leiter, dem hochw. Herrn Jubilar, ver- 
knuepft sind! . . . Was soil ferner gesagt werden von all 
den auswaertigen Teilnehmern, die ehemals Mitglieder der 
St. Bonifacius Gemeinde waren? Soil mehr die ruehrende 
Anhaenglichkeit derselben an diese Kirche hervorgehoben 
werden oder das ehrende Zeugniss der Lieb und Dankbar- 
keit gegen den hochw. Herrn Pfaerrer daselbst, das sie durch 
ihre Gegen wart bei dem Feste an den Tag legten. . . . 
Kaum wage ich es und habe fast Angst, den Herrn fernerhin 
unter die Augen zu treten, wenn ich ruehmend hervorhebe, 
wie der hochw. F. Rempe von St. Clemens, als ehemaliger 

These boys were the feature of the Silver Jubilee program that not 

only thrilled the entire audience, but cast a spell over listeners that 

has not worn off. In verse each one of the boys depicted a year of 

Father Evers' life as a priest. 



Assistant des Hochw. Herrn Jubilars, sich so sehr um das 
Zustandekommen und den feierlichen Verlauf des Festes sich 
bemueht, wie der hochw. H. Wolf, Professor am Cathedral 
College, su gleichen Zwecken so manche Stunde geopfert 
hat? Legte der erste hochw. Herr nicht ein beredtes Zeug- 
niss ab von dem idealen Verhaeltniss swischen Pfarrer und 
Assistanten im Pfarrhause von St. Bonifacius? Gab der 
let2;tere im Verein mit all den hochw. Herren, die dem Herrn 
Jubilar ihren persoenlichen Glueckwuensche ueber brachten 
und dem Feste beiwohnten, sowie auch all die Schreiben von 
anderen Herren, selbst von vielen Bischoefen, nicht Kunde 
von der Wertschaetsung die der hochw. Herr Jubilar sich 
auch im Kreise seiner Kollegen und Vorgestetsten erfreut. 
Das Gleiche beseugen die vielen und wertvollen Gaben die 
Priester und Laien ihm als Festgeschenk ueberreichten. . . ." 
Another excerpt: "Gleich nach der Kindermesse, gegen 
halb elf Uhr, fuellte sich die Kirche. Im Mittleschiffe 
nahmen Plats, die einselne Vereine der Gemeinde: Der St. 
Bonifacius UnterstuetsungS'Verein, der St. Bonifacius'St. 
Hubertus'Christopher Columbus'Hof des Ordens der Katho' 
lischen Foerster; der St. Bonifacius' und St. Antonius'Zweig 
der Katholischen Garde von Amerika; die Western Catholic 
Union, der St. Raphaels JuenglingS' Verein, und der Namen 
Jesu Maenner Bund. Von den Frauen'Vereinen, die an der 
Evangelien Seite im Mittelschiffe ihre Sitse hatten, waren 
ebenfalls anwesend: Der Mutter Gottes' Verein, Hers Hesu 
Bund, RosenkranS' Verein, die Damenfoersterinnen, der 
Damen Unterstuetsungs- Verein und die St. Rosa Jungfrauen 
Sodalitaet. Alle anderen Plaetse waren von Festgaesten bis 
Sum letsten Plats besetst, und viele konnten nur mehr Steh' 
plaetse erhalten. Um 1 1 Uhr setste sich die Kinderproses' 
sion von Messdienern, weissgekleideten Knaben und Maed' 


chen, von den ehrwuerdigen Schwestern auf das geschmack- 
vollste arrangiert, durch die Kirche sum Pfarrhause in Be- 
wegung, um den hochw. Herrn Jubilar, seine Assistenz und 
die zahlreiche Priesterfreunde unter dem Freudengelauete der 
Glocken zur Kirche zu geleiten. Nach dem "Veni Creator" 
und dem Asperges nahm das feierliche Hochamt seinen An' 
fang. Dem hochw. Jubilar assistierten als Presbyter Assis' 
tens Very Rev. Alois Thiele, G. V., als Diakon Rev. J. M. 
Kasel, von Milwaukee, als Subdiakon Rev. P. Biermann, von 
Evanston, und als Ceremoniar, Herr Henry Retzek, Theo' 
logiestudent in St. Francis. Sonst waren von Priestem an- 
wesend, Very Rev. Bernhard Richter, G. V., Pfarrer der St. 
Bonifacius Kirche in Melrose, Minn.; Fred Schulze, Profes' 
sor am Seminar zu St. Francis; John Wiederhold, Winfield, 
Joseph LaBoule von Milwaukee, Peter Weber von Aurora, 
D. Dunne, N. Wolf, C. Rempe, A. Wolfgarten von der 
Cathedrale Chicago, G. Sztuczko, Andrew Spetz, Dom. 
Egan, A. H. Leising P. Tinan, D. Riordan, M. J. Dorney, P. 
C. Conway, Dionys Thiele, Franz Schikowski, Geo. Hemv 
sath and Julius Jakl. Die Festpredigt hielt in inhalts — und 
formvollendeter Weise der hochw. Herr Franz, Rempe, 
Pfarrer an der St. Clemens Gemeinde, der durch sieben Jahre 
als treuer Assistant unter der Leitung des hochw. Herrn 
Jubilars segensreich an der St. Bonifacius Kirche wirkte. 
Nach dem Amte setzte sich die Kinderprocession in derselben 
Weise wie vor demselben sum Pfarrhaus in Bewegung wo 
der hochw. Jubilar mit seiner Secundiz Braut Florence Gu- 
garski und sieben anderen weissgekleideten Maedchen und 
auf einem anderen Bilde mit 25 weissgekleideten Schul- 
knaben photographiert wurde. . . . Bei dem Dinner, an 
dem 27 Priester von fern und nah teilnahmen herrschte eine 
gemuetliche Stimmung, und die Tischreden zeugten von dem 


Geiste der Einigkeit und bruederlichen Liebe unter dem 
Klerus. Waehrend des Tages gesellten sich noch andere 
Priester dazu die wegen dem Gottesdienst verhindert waren 
am morgen zu erscheinen. Darunter George Eisenbacher, 
George Blatter, Konrad Knur, Ed. Kramer, Jos. Rempe, J. 
Cregan, Michael Klasen. Am Abend in der Schulhalle 
brachten 25 weiss gekleidete Knaben in gelungener Weise 
ihre Jubilaeums Sprueche zu Vortrag. Herr Hippolyth Was- 
kowski ueberreichte mit herzlichen Worten dem hochw. 
Jubilar das neue Brevier ein Geschenk des Namen Jesu Maen' 
ner Bundes. Dann sang der Kirchen Chor zwei Lieder und 
Herr James Voss, Stud. Med. ueberreichte in gediegener 
Weise in englischer Sprache die Glueckwuensche der jungen 
Welt der St. Bonifacius Gemeinde. Dann betrat Dr. Med. 
Henry Schmitz die Buehne und in wohldurchdachter Rede 
schilderte er die Taetigkeit des hochw. Father Evers als 
Priester als Vereinsmann und im oeffentlichen Leben als 
Buerger, und ueberreichte ihm als persoenliches Geschenk 
einen kunstvoll ausgefuehrten Kelch im Werte von $250. 
Die Herren Leo Karowski und Ferdinand Witt statteten dann 
dem hochw. Jubilar ihren Dank aus fuer seine Taetigkeit in 
der katholischen Garde: ersterer fuer den Verein als solcher 
und zweiter als Praesident des lokal Zweiges nr. 1 . Sodann 
ergrief der hochw'ste General Vikar Very Rev. Alois Thiele 
das Wort und schilderte in begeisternder Rede die Hoclv 
actung die er und seine Mitbrueder fuer den Jubilar hegten, 
und ueberreichte ihm am Ende eine Boerse mit $1,200, kol' 
lectiert von Priestern, Vereinen, und der Gemeinde, fuer ein 
Gedaechtniss Fenster in der St. Bonifacius Kirche. (This 
window is the West Rose Window, representing the Last 
Supper. )" 

But this day, with all its brightness, could not dispel 

Fred Ludwig 

B. Mayer 

Bernhard Klingenmaier 

Andreas Ribandt 

Johann Mathia 


permanently the gloom which had settled and still was 
settling over the parish. There is but one reason for the de- 
cline of St. Boniface. It was the fact that one by one with 
the ever increasing impetus, the old German families were 
leaving the neighborhood for the more attractive outskirts 
of the city. The appalling rapidity of this calamity can best 
be visualised from the attendance in our school. In 1901 and 
1902 when our school was at its best, it numbered almost 
1,200 children; in 1916 there were less than 200 in spite of 
the fact that almost half of these 200 were children from the 
neighboring Slovak parish, which just then was building its 
own school. The exodus of the Germans was caused by suc- 
cessive waives of migration. The new arrivals were a mixture 
of Jew and Polish. The Jewish migration, however, which 
was so strong for a few years, that almost 80% of the public 
school attendance was of Jewish children, passed its peak in 
1913 and 1915. After that the neighborhood became almost 
purely Catholic Polish. In his efforts to keep his own people 
clustered about the church, Father Evers used every promis- 
ing means to make this neighborhood attractive. He worked 
for pavement of the streets and alleys, for proper lighting of 
the streets, for sewers and the best sanitation, and finally he 
was chiefly instrumental in having the ten acres now compos- 
ing Eckert Park, which really should be called Evers Park, 
condemned for park purposes. For years property ads were 
run in every issue of the Pfarrbote; but all these efforts well 
directed as they were, were in vain. 

The indebtedness of the parish on December 31st, 1905, 
was $119,136. Beginning with that year, the income be- 
came insufficient to meet the expenses. The deficit in 1906 
was $4,425. In 1907, $2,250; in 1908, $6,900; in 1909, 
$1,000; in 1910, $1,100; in 1911, $800; in 1912, $1,900; in 


1913, $500; in 1914, $4,870; in 1915, $7,038.13. The 
actual debt in 1916 was $144,594.06. 

This tremendous burden broke the spirit and the health of 
Father Evers. But even to the end he loved St. Boniface and 
tried to find some means by which it could be maintained. 
Since the neighborhood was almost exclusively Polish, he 
thought that our church might be turned over to them, and 
enough money realised to acquire a smaller church for the 
few remaining Germans; another idea was to entrust the 
parish to some religious order like the Franciscans, who pos- 
sibly might succeed in making it self-supporting. But in 
June, 1916, it was finally decided to give the parish another 
chance under the direction of a secular priest. This decision 
was made by the Most Rev. Archbishop in consequence of a 
petition containing 226 names of purported parish members, 
most of which eventually proved to be spurious, and the 
outspoken wish of the German clergy of the city to keep the 
parish in their own hands. 

The Pfarrbote of November, 1920, contains the follow- 
ing: "He was pastor of St. Boniface for over twenty years. 
Resigning on account of ill health June, 1 9 1 6, he spent a year 
in Arizona and New Mexico with Archbishop Pitaval, his 
old friend. Believing that he had sufficiently recovered, he 
assumed the pastorate of Niles Center, in May, 1917, but 
after a few years, October, 1919, was again forced to seek a 
Western climate. He died at Denver, October 13th, 1920, 
His body was brought to Chicago and at his request buried 
from St. Boniface. The funeral took place Tuesday morn- 
ing, October 19th. It was attended by the Most Rev. Arch- 
bishop, over a hundred priests, many prominent men of the 
city and thousands of his old parishioners. . . . During 
the twenty years of his pastorate he erected all the present 


buildings, composing St. Boniface with the exception of the 
nuns' convent. The buildings as they are today cannot be 
duplicated for less than half a million dollars. They are a 
lasting monument to his energy and taste. He was often 
honored by his ecclesiastical superiors and enjoyed the friend- 
ship and confidence of men prominent in the government of 
the city, state and nation." 

Indeed, when we contemplate the works he has left behind 
him, we must admire his wonderful energy, and the remark' 
able good taste he displayed in every one of his productions. 
This property as it is today could never be reproduced again 
by this parish. The failure to reduce the debt was no fault 
of his, but the result of circumstances, which no human 
being could foresee or control. 

The following is an excerpt of the funeral sermon, given 
by his successor, Father C. A. Rempe. "Father Evers was 
a prominent priest of this diocese, he was your pastor for 
many years. It would be wrong and foolish for me to deny 
his faults. A man is born with faults, laboriously he ac 
quires virtue. He was ambitious, he was domineering, he 
was impatient of failure and restraint. But look at the other 
side. Father Evers was a man of culture and refinement, he 
was a man of exact scientific knowledge, he was capable and 
energetic (he was only thirty years old when he began the 
erection of these magnificent buildings) . And above all was 
he not a good priest, did he ever neglect his priestly duties? 
He was hospitable to a fault, generous and kind to the poor. 
You say he was after money; for whom was it? He himself 
died penniless, dependent upon charity. Often when I walk 
these dreary streets, I think of Father Evers painfully limp' 
ing through them on similar errands. How assiduous was 
he not on sick calls? His very stubbornness and tenacity im' 


puted to him as a fault, made him stay at the bedside for 
hours, until the man had made his peace with God. But 
more than all this, as far as we are concerned, Father Evers 
loved St. Boniface, he loved this parish, he loved this church, 
he loved you. During the last four years, the years of his 
exile as they may be called, he thought and spoke of nothing 
but St. Boniface. In the ten minutes I spent at his bedside, 
a few hours before his death, when I told him that I had 
come all the way from Chicago to Denver, only to bring 
him the sympathy and the good wishes of his old parish, his 
face lighted with happiness, and he said, '1st das doch nicht 
sehr schoen.' And when I mentioned some of your names, 
some who may have wronged him, he pressed my hand and 
did not hinder the tears that welled from his eyes. Ah, my 
dear friends, he was our friend, a good, kind, loving dutiful 

After his death all the societies and many of the parish' 
requiem high mass is said every year, on October 1 3th, the 
soul. His remains are intered in St. Boniface Cemetery. A 
requiem high mass is said every year, on October 1 3th, the 
anniversay of his death. May his soul rest in peace. 


er St. Bonifacius Pfarrbote" deserves special 
notice. It was founded December, 1898, and 
was issued every month for almost 28 years. 
It contains an almost complete history of the 
parish during that time, contemporaneous 
accounts of all events which took place; it 
contains lists of all contributors to the parish 
for every and all occasions. There is only one 
gap as far as issuance is concerned, that is from July, 1916, to 
December, 1916, during which time the "Piatt-bote" was not 

It was founded by Father Evers and the cover design 
which has been used ever since was made by Frank Welch, 
Sr. In 1916 Father Rempe made great exertions to secure 
copies of all the issues from its foundation, and was success- 
ful with the following exceptions: December, 1898, to De- 
cember, 1899, complete; 1900 all lost except January, April, 
December; 1901 all lost; 1903 all lost except April and 
August: all other years complete. All these copies have been 
bound and are religiously preserved. Should this notice come 
to the attention of any one who happens to have the missing 
copies, he is earnestly requested to give them to the pastor of 
St. Boniface, as they will be of more permanent value there 
than anywhere else. 

From 1898 to 1916 the paper was conducted by the as- 
sistants of the parish under the direction of Father Evers. 
Beside their historical value all these issues contain literary 
and religious gems, most of them original with the writers. 



W. H. Nelles 

Frank Glueck 

In 1916 Father Rempe appointed a staff of editors, being the 
secretaries or specially appointed scribes of the school and 
the various societies. In February, 1920, the management 
was taken over by Father Harnischmacher, and in May, 
1926, it was entrusted to Father Kalvelage. The policy of 
the "Pfarrbote" since 1916 has been to bring only items of 
local interest, and as much as possible to bring everything of 
local interest. Under the direction of Father Kalvelage the 
scope will again be widened, and articles on religious and 
other subjects will again appear. 

In order to give credit as much as possible to those who 
took active part in the noble work of erecting this church, 
the names of those who participated in the various parish 
entertainments, and who made larger donations will be given 
from the St. Bonifacius Pfarrbote as far as the copies are 

"Wir sprechen hiermit unseren Dank aus dem Herrn Bern- 



Adam Wohn 

John Flemming 

hard Miehling fuer die herrliche Hers Jesu Statue, die der 
selbe geschenkt hat." May, 1899. 

Cast of Characters, "Fernando, oder des Raeubers Be' 
kehrung," Julius Weske, John H. Grzybowski, George Hoclv 
stetter, Alfred P. Barth, Albert Barski, Frank B. Stall, Alois 
Rominski, Leo Juhnke, Peter Korthals, Leo Schuenemann, 
Wm. Schmidt. November 29th and 30th, 1899. 

Cast of Characters, "WeihnachtS'Feier, January 1st and 
7th, 1900." V. Ruzkowski, A. Kuegers, L. Korthals, F. 
Nelles, L. Mayer, R. Hellmuth, R. Demes, — . Reisel, G. 
Stall, K. Mayer, Z. Stall, M. Schufreider, L. Kolle, L. Laury, 
L. Rominski, M. Hochstetter, Leo Schuenemann, Frank 
Welch, J. Fensterle, C. Korthals, K. Mayer, L. Reisel, C. 
Mayer, F. Nelles, G. Stall, M. Behrendt, Lucia Kerpen, J. 
Stall, R. Demes, V. Ruskowski, M. Schufreider, B. Mayer, 
A. Kuepers. 

Entertainment April 16th and 22nd, 1900: F. Wagner, 



John Puetz 

John Doerr 

Leo Schuenemann, John H. Grzybowski, Frances Weber, 
Henry Schuenemann, John Fensterle, John Reisel, George 
Spenner, Andrew Sprengel, Frank Welch, Carl Schmitt, 
Lawrence Mayer, Ernst Knops, Clement Demes, Peter Kor 
thals, Fred Mayer, Albert Beyran, Henry Brockhagen, Al' 
bert Juhnke, Carl Marino, John Ruf, Conrad Spenner, Jacob 
Voss, John Leshek, C. Behrendt, P. Schommer, C. Korman, 
Mathias Reisel. 

Program December 26th and 30th, 1900. C. Behrendt, 
Lizzie Kolle, John Reisel, Katie Mayer, John Fensterle, Josie 
Stall, And. Sprengel, Martha Saycke, Kath. Schuenemann, 
Mary Schufreider, L. Schuenemann, V. Ruzkowski, L. 
Weske, L. Kerpen, M. Schureider, K. Hellmuth, L. Koolle 
L. Laux, L. Schuenemann, C. Demes, Frank Welch, R. 
Schiffzick, Lucia Kerpen, Lizzie Laux. 

February 2nd and 9th, 1902: Leo Juhnke, Franz Tutliz, 
Paul Juhnke, Julius Weske, John Grzybowski, Johann Hep' 



Joseph Kertz 

Albert Orzada 

ner, Ed. Behrendt, George Hochstetter, Albert Klingemeier, 
Franz Diebold. 

May 18th and 19th, 1902: John K. Grzybowski, Leo 
Juhnke, Wm. Schmidt, Dora Bies, Julius Weske, Rosa Kies' 
ling, Ed. Behrendt, Aug. J. Ehssen, Wm. Scholl, John 
Rozek, John Heppner, J. Korthals, John Demes. 

School graduates June, 1902: Lizzie Kolle, Martha 
Sayscke, Elizabeth Gehrman, James Voss, Conrad Spenner, 
Philip Karmann, John Schuenemann, Otto Wiedenheft, John 

Committee, Sommerfest, August 10th, 1904: M. A. 
Bredel, Phil Reither, Jos. C. Kotlengar, C. J. Manheim, A. 
Schuminski, Louis Nillmeyer, P. P. Springer, Hugo Miller, 
S. Kielczynski, A. J. Reisel, John Kriese, J. Wesolek, W. 
Walder, Frank Nichel, John Schlender. 

Concert of Church Choir, January 29, 1905: J. Wagner, 
Rose Kiesling, Gertrude Mees, Jno. Demes, H. Miller, J. 


Joseph Groschel 

August Behnke 

Wagner, J. Weske, H. Miller, Borki, J. Demes, N. Schom' 
mer, Tillie Scholl, J. Weske, G. Mees, R. Marino, J. Bauer. 

Graduates of our school, June, 1905: Mathias Reisel, 
Bernard Kerpen, Henry Retzek, Martin Dymek, John For 
mella, Frank Lamm, Andrew Korthals, Emil Bumann, Frank 
Brand, Bertha Kallas, Hattie Jackwerth, Louise Welch, Elsie 
Gruenfield, Mary Kolath, Cecilia Dochtermann. 

Young Ladies' Sodality Entertainment, January 1st and 
7th, 1906: Gertrude Mees, Mary Mathia, Marcella Kor- 
thals, Dorothy Wehle, Constantia Korthals, Elizabeth Kor 
thals, Frances Malida, Lucy Latus, Agnes Ro^ek, Pelagia 
Plantin, Anna Schmidt, Florence Stieffel, Elis Kolath, Lucy 
Leschinski, Anselma Klar, Anna Buntrock, Mary Sowka, 
Anna Wiedmann, Nicholas Schommer, Paul Mathia, Julia 

Graduates of our school, June, 1906: John Schufreider, 
Edward Schmidt, Alexander Mueller, Joseph Musolff, Albert 


Stall, Marie Bredel, Agnes Kuszynski, Rosella Dams, Anna 
Fackenberg, Catherine Klingermaier, Margaret Donnelly, 
Frances Meik, Irene Marino. 

Young Ladies' Sodality Entertainment, February 1 2th and 
19th, 1907: Anna Buntrock, Dorothy Wehle, Anna Smith, 
Julia Mauschnik, Gertrude Mees, Elisabeth Rominski, Agnes 
Rozek, Constance Korthals, Marcella Korthals, Rose Vene- 
kamp, Otto Wiedenheft. 

Young Men's Entertainment, May, 1907: Otto P. Wie' 
denheft, Clement J. Demes, Leo A. Schuenemann, Frank J. 
Traub, Joseph H. Voss, John L. Reisel, Michael J. Sprengel, 
John A. Dahms, W. L. Deichstetter, J. H. Elischer, Conrad 
J. Spenner. 

Graduates, June, 1907: Daniel Stanke, Adam Kulleck, 
Arthur Terlecki, Charles Korthals, Peter dinger, Richard 
Kulleck, Louis Corda, Albert Behrend, William Elischer, 
Michael Laux, Marie Wesemann, Augusta Dohra, Elizabeth 
Kolakowski, Clara Behrendt, Dora Hinterberger, Elvera 
Schuenemann, Florence Wisersky, Marie Rink. 

Young Men's Sodality Play, April 22nd and 26th, 1908: 
James Voss, John Reisel, Andy Sprengel, Joseph Voss, Edw. 
Stefmaier, John Dahms, Conrad Spenner, Tillie Scholl, Anna 
Koslek, Lizzie Beyerau. 

Young Ladies' Sodality Play, May 17th and 20th, 1908: 
Marcella Korthals, Christine Buger, Anna Buntrock, Eliza' 
beth Rominski, Julia Munchnik, Constance Korthals, Anna 
Kloske, Getrude Mees, Hattie Buger, Elizabeth Mayer, 
Martha Witt, Mary Mathia, Frances Ribandt, Anna Pisclv 
lowski, Katie Formella, Mary Leschinski, Emma Struttmat- 
ter, Hattie Witt, Lydia Knudt, Agnes Musolf, Rose Kloske, 
Hattie Columbe, Valeria Munschnik, Anna Kriese, Andrew 


Joseph Thcis 

August Wesemann 

Korthals, Joseph Reisel, Anna Reisel, Emma Schroeder, 
Mary Chirdak, Theresia Girsch, Josephine Schmidt, Lilly 
Polatowski, Anna Tuschinski. 

Graduates of our school, June, 1908: John Sprengel, 
Joseph Reisel, Rudolph Horbas, Frank Bumann, Henry Kar 
mann, Edward Coy, Peter Henn, John Mulholland, Edwin 
Gmelich, Martha Krueger, Hattie Schark, Laura Ververs, 
Josephine Lehmann, Helen Otte, Anna Teschner, Susan 
dinger, Loretta Kalteaux. 

Graduation Exercises, June 16th, 1909: M. Krueger, A. 
Bredel, E. Voss, M. Dymek, A. Dombrowski, Marguerite 
Dymek, A. Bredel, A. Kongorski, G. Hausherr, L. Lagod' 
zinski, R. Rauwolf, M. Rosenmeyer, T. Rauwolf, M. Hart' 
wig, M. Gmelich, D. Hinterberger. 

Young Ladies' Sodality Play, November 21st and 24th, 
1909: Constance Korthals, Marcella Korthals, Rose Kloske, 
Anna Buntrock, Anna Reisel, Rose Vennekamp, Lizzie Re 


minski, Agnes Rozek, Emma Pavloske, Anna Kriesse, Rose 
Schultowski, Gertrude Mees, Henry Fellmeth. 

St. Boniface Dramatic Society, April 17th, 20th and 24th, 
1910: Jos. H. Voss, Andrew Sprengel, James Voss, Paul 
Patrickus, John A. Fensterle, Erwin J. Wiedenheft, Wm. E. 
Habeslan, John H. Elischer, John Koslik, Arthur F. Terlecki, 
Walter J. Lietz, Edward Gmelich, Elizabeth Beyerau, Anna 
M. Koslik, Tillie Scholl. 

Graduates, June, 1910: Anthony Altosino, Clement 
Bolts, John Corda, Wm. Coy, James Kalteaux, Theodore 
Kuszynski, Joseph Pauly, Joseph Prokosch, Benno Retzek, 
Frank Ropinski, Ferdinand Scherzinger, Rudolph Terlecki, 
Viola Dombrowski, Clara Elischer, Margaret Gmelich, 
Josephine Goss, Louise Hilgers, Elizabeth Karmann, Maria 
Klein, Margaret Korthals, Theresia Rauwolf, Maria Romin' 
ski, Maria Rosenmayer, Clara Sirostowski, Magdalena 

Members of St. Boniface Choir, April 30th, 1911: Clara 
Behrend, Mary Chudak, Augusta Dohra, Constance Kor 
thals, Marcella Korthals, Gertrude Mees, Rose Pavleski, 
Elizabeth Rominski, Tillie Scholl, Mary Schultowski, Anna 
Tuschinski, Lizzie Wruck, Albert Barski, B. G. Hartwig, 
Andrew Korthals, Fred Mees, Paul Patrickus, John Puetz, 
John Reisel, A. Sprengel, Arthur Terlecki, Ed. Witt. Second 
Choir: Mary Balousek, Alice Bredel, Alma Dombrowski, 
Viola Dombrowski, Marguerite Dymek, Catherine Formella, 
Margaret Gmelich, Martha Hartwig, Mary Klein, Rose Mad- 
den, Catherine S. Neu, Anna Pischlowski, Rosina Rauwolf, 
Theresa Rauwolf, Mary Rominski, Mary Rosenmeyer, Mag- 
dalen Thomas, Martha Witt, August C. Mueller, Organist. 

Graduates of our school, June, 1911: Henry Voss, Her- 
man Hesser, William Simunich, August Gehrmann, Henry 



Anton Ennesser 

Joseph Totcke 

Brod, Anton Henn, Thomas Bauer, Joseph Rank, Wm. 
Murphy, Joseph Skokna, Joseph Traub, Teresa Kilian, Helen 
Terlecki, Grace Mans, Alma Krueger, Gertrude Krempel, 
Bertha Froemgen, Mary Reisel, Mary Wagner, Margaret 

Fair Committee, 1911: John Hauber, John Puetz, Math. 
Nelles, August Behnke, Anton Fabrits, Frank Welch, John 
Fensterle, Jr., John Fiedler, Andreas Koob, Andrew Korthals, 
Frank Munschkowski, Paul Ketke, Martin Strittmatter, 
Liborius Schneider, Ferdinand Witt, Frank Stellmach, John 
Fensterle, Sr., Peter Zappen, Albert Orzada, Frank Teschke, 
Peter Brod, Wm. Brucker. 

Officers and Promoters of the Christian Mothers' Society, 
1912: Magdalena Reisel, Emma Voss, Wilhelmina Cierski, 
Helena Koob, Anna Behrendt, Maria Marina, Maria Hesser, 
Cecelia Hoff , Genevieve Strittmatter, Amalia Ververs, Maria 
Meter, Helena Horbas, Elisabeth Leschinski, Paulina Zoep' 


ping, Theresa Ritschi, Cecilia Skokna, Anna Schidletzki, 
Josephine Hartwig, Martha Scheib. 

Graduates of 1912: John Kovach, Walter Tabert, Va- 
lerian Ginter, George Wesemann, Joseph Brod, Nicholas 
Pauly, Frank Rosenmeyer, Arthur Hoff, Charles Koob, 
Aloys Wisersky, Helen Stevko, Jennie Barnowski, Helen 
Horbas, Anna Landeck, Mary Stroh, Marguerite Kuper, 
Anna Schabelski, Rosa Balousek, Martha Thiede, Emma 
Strittmatter, Agnes Musolf, Theresa Rominski, Agnes 

Fair Committee, 1912: Ignatz, Polaschek, George Spen- 
ner, Hypolit Waskowsku, Andrew Korthals, Jr., Frank 
Welch, Victor Simunich, Frank Kallas, John Puetz, Lorenz 
Honikel, Adam Schuminski, Math. Nelles, John Hauber, B. 
Orzada, C. J. Spenner, Edward Witt, John Fensterle, Jr., 
Martin Koop. 

Graduates of 1913: Leo Kriese, Bernard Simunich, 
William Friemel, Bernard Marks, Raymond Bredel, Frank 
Klein, Benedict Kongorski, George Otte, Alfred Stroh, Felix 
Schommer, Martin Wruck, Elizabeth Dresen, Marie Zblew 
ski, Wilma Rauwolf, Gertrude Dymek, Harriet Ginter, Mar' 
cella Stegmaier, Mary Surma, Mary Nits, Clara Rominski. 

Fair Committee, 1913: James Voss, Andrew Korthals, 
Dr. Henry Schmitz, A. Behnke, F. Welch, J. Fensterle, 
Julius Weske, J. Skokna, Rev. Jos. Adams, A. Korthals, Jr., 
J. W. Fiedler, Rev. A. Evers, L. Honikel, A. Behnke, Rev. F. 
Bergs, Martin Koop, S. Zblewski, I. Meier, John Koll, Joe 
Stamm, Charles Marina, J. Jotlanger, Aug. Zilligen, A. Le- 
wandowski, Theo. Rozek, Otto Jaeger, Alb. Barski, George 
Dilger, I. Allgeier, Ed. Witt, L. Schneider, J. L. Reisel, F. 
Kallas, J. Rauchfleisch, V. Simunich, J. Scherzinger, M. Ver' 
schoore, N. Baribie, Ed. Dernbach, Ch. Kowalski, H. Stall, 



Ferd. Witt 

Franz Teschke 

Max Heidelmeier, H. Waskowski, Oscar Kupfer, George 
Hochstetter, Mr. Mueller, E. J. Kaindl, M. Nelles, A. Fab- 
ritz, J. Pauly, Nic. Waterloo, C. Spenner, A. Guretzki, 
A. Fleck, C. Koob, P. Hoff, I. Kuczynski, A. Szu- 
minski, M. Retzek, A. Stellmacher, G. Jarding, P. Barski, 
Ch. Schaefer, Sigm. Schwartz, J. Siebert, F. Schaffner, F. 
Slovi, M. Theis, J. Wachholz, J. C. Paul, J. Zappen, M. 
Blazek, P. Zappen, A. Grzygowski, F. Glueck, J. Wruck, Ch. 
Witt, J. Ziegler, J. Ziert, J. Gewerth, N. Dombrowski, Mr. 
Schmidt, A. Orzada, J. Brostowicz, J. Pettinger, Alb. Rosen' 
berger, A. Gushal, F. Kongorski, Andrew Koob, M. Schue, 
M. Richwalski, F. Kotowski, S. S. Walkowiak, F. Rominski, 
Wm. Friemel, F. Fiegel, A. Gabrial, J. Kristan, L. Golem- 
biewski, F. Teschke, L. Green, J. Grein, J. Huhnke, A. 
Schultowski, A. Sass, R. Schweigel, J. Sowka, P. Schroeder, 
A. Schabelski, P. Schmitz, F. Scheib, P. Brod, M. Raehling, 
John Marson, Doc. Kurth. 



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John Schenke 

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1914: Paul 
Lausch, H. Waskowski, Andrew Traub, John Fensterle, Sr., 
Alb. Orsada, Adam Schuminski, L. Honikel, F. Witt, L. 
Schneider, N. Herbst, P. Meiser, J. Puets, Ig. Balousek. 

Members of the Choir, 1914: Marcella Korthals, Eliza' 
beth Rominski, Mary Rominski, Alma Dombrowski, May 
Balousek, Anna Fischer, Florence Schroeder, M. Rosen- 
meyer, M. Pettinger, Gertrude Mees, Tillie Scholl, Constance 
Korthals, Magdalen Thomas, John Dechmann, Michael 
Leber, A. Wittinger, P. Pettinger, I. F. Schuster, Leo I. Her 
mann, Rudolph Terlecki, Charles Mivalek, Joseph Keslinski. 

Graduates of 1914: Andrew Thomas, Charles Gehrmann, 
John Klupar, Edward Cwiklinski, Ladisloau Zaleski, John 
Goethert, Ernest Steiner, Charles Koschuh, Joseph Gronde, 
Andrew Thiede, Joseph Zappen, Aloys Szuminski, Mary 
Poleretzki, Lucy Malkowski, Helen Hesser, Olga Ko' 
vach, Mary Prokosch, Stella Bober, Louise Stegmaier, Marga' 


ret Horbas, Henrietta Weschnefski, Lydia Kuper, Mary Zip' 
ser, Clara Dahm, Leona Wisersky, Elisabeth Simunich, Helen 

Graduates 1915: Joseph Pettinger, Fred Honikel, Frank 
Niesgodski, Arthur Zaleski, Leo Wachhols, Joseph Zwieba, 
John Polasik, Peter Wesemann, Crescentia Klein, Elisabeth 
Kahnke, Helen Schommer, Agnes Huhnke, Elisabeth Pauly, 
Anna Dombrowski, Helen Walcsykiewics, Dela Koob, 
Angela Hinko, Helen Gewerth. 

The Church Choir have the honor of giving the last en' 
tertainment of St. Boniface Parish during the pastorate of 
Father Evers, with the exception, perhaps, of the graduation 
exercises of which there is no notice in the Pfarrbote. The 
entertainment took place March 5th, 1916: Elizabeth Ro- 
minski, Teresa Rominski, Marguerite Dymek, Gertrude Dy 
mek, Florence Schroeder, Helen Stevko, Mathilda Goebel, 
Marguerite Horbas, Loretta Schommer, May Stroh, Marg' 
uerite Zappen, Anna Dombrowski, Gertrude Mees, Clothilde 
Scholl, Charlotte Dombrowski, Magdalen Thomas, John 
Dechmann, Michael Leber, Joseph Pettinger, Rudolph Ter- 
lecki, James Kuns, George Foerster. 


he fifth pastor of St. Boniface is C. A. Rempe. 
His appointment began the eighth of July, 

He was born in Aurora, 111., March 28, 
1876. He attended St. Nicholas parochial, 
and the public schools there. His classical 
course was made at Teutopolis, 111., and St. 
Francis, Wis.; his philosophical course at 
Kenrick, St. Louis, and theology in St. Francis, Wisconsin. 
He was ordained to the priesthood by Rt. Rev. P. J. Mul- 
doon, in Chicago, June 9th, and said his First Holy Mass 
June 10, 1906, in St. Nicholas Church, Aurora, Illinois. He 
became assistant at St. Clements, Chicago, immediately after' 
wards, and in the summer of 1908 was appointed professor 
at the Cathedral College, where he remained until his ap- 
pointment to St. Boniface. 

The task at St. Boniface was admittedly almost a hopeless 
one. The interest alone for a month amounted to more than 
$600; while the income for the month of July, the first month, 
was only $383.55. Ordinarily the Sunday income together 
with the Christmas and Easter collections ought to defray 
the ordinary expenditures, but in the case of St. Boniface 
they could be expected to pay only a fraction of the interest. 
The average Sunday income for July was $55.81. 

The suggestion of the Archbishop was to take up a col' 
lection of about fifty or sixty thousand dollars. This would 
have meant an average of $250 or $300 for each family 
according to the census available; in fact, however, it would 


Reverend C. A. Rempe 

Present Pastor of St. Boniface Church 



have been necessary to assess each family six hundred dollars. 
This was obviously impossible, and would have been unfair 
also, because even raising this large amount would not have 
assured the parish of permanent existence, as the remaining 
debt would still be intolerable, and the sacrifice in vain. 

A census was taken up in the summer of 1916 to see what 
resources were present. The only census available was that 
taken up in 1914. The census of 1914 had not been taken up 
by the priests but by the laity. It proved to be a recopy of 
some former census. To illustrate its futility: We had 
thirty names on Chicago Avenue, between Racine and Ash' 
land, of these thirty only six could be located. The petition 
signed by about 225 purported members of the parish also 
proved useless, as it was found that they were in great part 
the signatures of any accommodating saloon or store keeper 
in the neighborhood, who was very much surprised to hear 
that he was expected to be a member of St. Boniface. It was 
finally decided to throw both lists away and make a house to 
house canvass. The summer of 1916 is memorable in Chi- 
cago as being the hottest on record. The mercury was in 
the nineties day after day and week after week during the 
months of July and August and a part of September. The 
experience of those few months, in which thousands of stairs 
were climbed, and the priests returned home every day wring' 
ing wet with perspiration will never be forgotten. But the 
Sunday attendance which in the beginning was less than 300 
adults began to increase. The average Sunday income in 
December, 1916, was $95.25. 

In the meanwhile a bazaar had been conducted which 
netted $3,854.64 compared to $1,472.92 of the preceding 
year, and the Christmas collection which in 1915 had been 
$1,105.20 rose to $1,852.92. While on the census we had 

Interior of St. Boniface Church After Decorating 



taken any money that was offered, although we never asked 
for it, and the largest amount we received was $25 on two 
occasions. But the increasing revenues put the parish over 
the top for the first year. $1,500 had been paid off, and 
there was a balance of $1,197.65, where there had been 
nothing in July. The paying of the $1,500 was more of a 
gesture calculated to inspire the congregation with a little 
hope than anything else, because it really should have been 
for repairs which were needed everywhere. 

In 1917 the mortgage and notes were changed to a more 
favorable rate of interest, but even so the interest for that 
year was $6,975.37; and $2,039.39 were spent for repairs, 
so that nothing was paid off the second year. 

These tiresome figures are given so much prominence here, 
in order that the difficulties may be properly appreciated, and 
because after all they were the most important mission of 
Father Rempe. 

The parish now is in a fair condition financially. The debt 
has been reduced to $95,000. The decoration of the church 
and the permanent improvements that have been made in the 
ten years amount to over $35,000. At the present rate of 
progress which is getting better year by year, the debt should 
be wiped out in six or seven years. 

The average adult attendance in 1916 was 400; in 1925 it 
was 1,400. The average Sunday income for 1916 was $80: 
for 1925 it was $338. The Easter collection in 1916 was 
$1,154; in 1926 it was $6,000. 

But while the revenues of the parish have increased, its 
expenditures have increased in even greater proportion with 
the exception of interest. The best illustration is the diocesan 
taxes for various purposes; in 1916 the total tax for the 
diocese was $397; in 1926 they will be over $7,000. 

Reverend Joseph Gehrig 
Present Curate at St. Boniface 



In the beginning, when the ordinary revenue was totally 
insufficient, the bulk of the money was raised by extraordi- 
nary means such as fairs, etc. It has been the aim of the pastor 
to increase the ordinary revenues, and rely upon fairs, etc., 
only for extraordinary occasions. It is not customary in St. 
Boniface to talk about gifts to the church. The contribu' 
tions at Easter, Christmas and other occasions specified are 
called dues, exactly what they are; and all parish members 
recognize very well that they have to be made, if they wish 
to maintain their parish membership. No one is considered 
or treated as a parish member unless he complies with the 
parish regulations in regard to these contributions. Com' 
pared to other parishes, St. Boniface is by no means large, but 
it is a parish in which everybody pays, or gives the reason 
why not. To depend upon the old haphazard methods of 
raising money is injurious not only to the parish, but also tG 
the members; throwing the burden upon the few, and depriv 
ing the many from God's blessing which results from every 
contribution to His Church. 

In passing it might be well to mention that financial diffi- 
culties were not the only ones which were encountered. It 
will be remembered that one of the plans to save St. Boniface 
was to entrust the parish to the direction of the Franciscan 
Fathers. Many of the people had become infatuated with 
the idea, and it is but just to say that they had the interest of 
the parish at heart. The first few Sundays, therefore, a fact 
which became known to the new pastor only a long time 
afterward, they tried to dissuade the parishioners, coming to 
mass, from entering the church, hoping to discourage him by 
the meagre attendance. These same people in a short time 
became some of the best workers. 

Another difficulty was the indifference or rather hostility 


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of the Polish people surrounding the church. Father Evers 
entertained no friendly feeling for the Poles; by settling in 
the neighborhood of his church, they had been the innocent 
cause of the decline of the parish. On many occasions he 
even uttered his dislike in public. In reciprocation St. Boni- 
face Church and its priests were thoroughly disliked by the 
Poles. On the arrival of the new priests this dislike naturally 
was transferred to them. No one ever tipped his hat; on 
meeting them in the streets, they always looked aside, or re- 
garded the priests with evident hostility. This conduct is 
utterly out of keeping with the character of this nation, 
which has the greatest respect and love for a Catholic priest. 
After a few months of this chilling atmosphere, the pastor 
told his assistant, we have to break down this barrier; after 
this I am going to tip my hat to every man and woman on 
the street, and to talk to every child. The surprise and 
amazement on the faces of the people when they were greeted 
in this friendly manner was sometimes comical to see. But it 
was not long before they responded. Soon everybody was 


smiling, and all were happy to think that German priests 
could be such agreeable people. 

The good will of the people, however, was definitely 
gained on Pentecost Sunday, 1917. On that day the public 
school children of our neighborhood made their First Holy 
Communion. As soon as he arrived, Father Rempe had be- 
gun the study of the Polish language. It is not easy to learn 
a new language, and such a language at the age of forty. But 
on Pentecost Sunday he thought that he had learned enough 
to preach. The occasion really demanded a Polish sermon. 
The parents of all the children were Polish, and many of 
them could not understand English. From the fact that the 
children were attending public schools, and the fact that 
many of them knew very little about religion, the parents 
evidently were negligent in the practice of their faith. But 
they seemed to be happy in the thought that they got a good 
reprimand in their own language. 

But the results of this Polish sermon were not all pleas- 
ant. As Father Venn had been accused of trying to make 
the parish Irish, when he read a letter of the Archbishop in 
English, so Father Rempe was accused of making the parish 
Polish. But all such accusers were told that if they wanted 
the parish to remain exclusively German, they would have 
to contribute about ten times as much as they were giving. 
This argument silenced everyone of them. 

Another effect of this Polish sermon, and others which 
followed on special occasions, an effect more unpleasant still 
and more enduring, was the fact that it attracted the sus- 
picions of Polish priests. It is but natural that they should 
think that the pastor of St. Boniface was trying to attract 
their people and wean them from their own parishes, where 
they really belonged. But while this suspicion is only nat- 



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Andrew Korthals 

ural, it is unjustified. To appreciate this requires an under- 
standing of the whole situation, and also an understanding 
of the invariable policy of Father Rempe. 

After the census it was evident that there were not enough 
German people in the vicinity to maintain the encumbered 
parish. We had to acquire new parishioners. The neigh' 
borhood is almost entirely Catholic, but they are Polish 
Catholics. To take them away from their own parishes 
would be unethical, even if it were possible. But to take 
them away from their own parishes would be even worse 
than unethical, it would be decidedly to the detriment of 
religion. The Catholic faith is the same in all the nations 
of the world. But each nation has its own temperament. 
We Germans, for instance, consider the services in an Irish 
church very cold and formal. The difference between the 
German and the Irish is well illustrated in the different man" 
ner in which we conduct the Forty Hour Devotion, and the 


celebration of First Holy Communion. But the difference 
in the services in a German and a Polish church are even 
more pronounced. When learning the Polish language I 
often visited Polish churches, especially during Lent. The 
deep devotion of the whole congregation, their fervor, their 
emotion and sorrow in the sufferings of Christ, in short their 
lively participation in all the transactions, while they inspire 
the greatest respect and admiration, also show the impos- 
sibility of imitation. To deprive a Catholic who has been 
accustomed to such intense religion, of these beautiful cere- 
monies, is to take something out of his life which is of real 
value, and in the end can only produce indifference and per- 
haps final loss of faith. It never, therefore, was the intention 
or even the hope of the pastor of St. Boniface to draw these 
people from their own parishes. 

But while the census proved the insufficiency of the 
German element, it also showed that a large percentage of 
the Polish population was not affiliated with any parish. 
There were first of all those who had attended public school. 
Some of them had made their First Communion, either in St. 
Boniface Church or some other non-Polish parish in the 
neighborhood; others had never been to confession or com- 
munion; there are literally thousands of these in our neigh- 
borhood. Most of them were born and raised in this coun- 
try, scarcely understanding Polish. Others though born 
abroad have become lax in the performance of their religious 
duties; among these are generally the parents of the children, 
who make their First Holy Communion in our church. Here 
was indeed a large and legitimate field of labor and recruits 
for St. Boniface Parish. And it is from these that the parish 
has grown. 

Now as regards the policy of the priests of St. Boniface in 


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Fred Grzegowski 

the reception of new members. It has taken time to crystal' 
ize this policy, as it has taken time to get acquainted with all 
the elements of the situation. New people generally come to 
the parish house, for sick calls, funerals, baptisms, marriages. 
It had been decided for the reason stated above, right in the 
beginning, that we should take none that belonged to other 
parishes, although in the beginning we had no occasion to ex' 
ercise this decision: good parish members always go to their 
own parish church. We had no scruples about taking 
people that belonged to no parish. But in course of time we 
realized that harm might be done even by this apparently 
good and innocent action. It is the rule of the Church that 
every Catholic must belong to some parish; it is only in this 
parish that he and his children should and can receive the sac 
raments. Membership in a parish, however, in this country 
means contributing one's share to the parish maintenance. 
There are always some people who try to shirk this duty. 


To minister to people indiscriminantly is to encourage them 
in an attitude which does them harm. The following rules 
are the product of observation: With the exception of the 
Sacraments of Pennance and Holy Eucharist over which 
there can be no control, we do not give service to people 
who are regular members of other parishes. In the case of 
people who belong nowhere, we try to show them the justice 
of parish membership and the necessity of parish support. If 
we cannot make them see our position we render no service. 
If they wish to join our parish, we tell them exactly what 
is expected of them financially, and assure them that unless 
they comply scrupulously, no further service shall be given. 

The thing that has, perhaps, done the most for the regen- 
eration of the parish is the public school children's commun- 
ion class. This class was begun by Father Adams at the 
suggestion of Father Lyons, S. J. It was for many years con- 
ducted by Miss Elizabeth Smith, a teacher of the Peabody 
School. For over ten years she spent a great deal of her time 
in instructing the children and in securing other teachers to 
help in the work. When God rewards her for wonderful 
sacrifice, it will be a great reward indeed. Since 1924 the 
class has been conducted by the following teachers: Mary 
X. Rice, Helen Stamm, May G. Leavy, Mary Joyce, Mary 
Donaski, Sophia Shaefer, Rosalie C. Barkdull. 

Father Rempe immediately recognized the possibilities in 
this class. The number of children making their first com- 
munion every year has averaged 300. If only a small portion 
of this number remained in the parish, it would mean a large 
parish in the course of years. The First Communion of these 
children, therefore, was conducted with the greatest possible 
ceremony; their addresses were preserved and they received 
a postal card each month, reminding them to receive Holy 



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Chas. P. Koob 

Communion the first Sunday of each month. A great many 
of these children have become good practical Catholics, even 
bringing in their negligent parents and friends. Quite a few 
of them have remained in the parish, some are married and 
have families of their own; they form a large and good por- 
tion of St. Boniface Parish. 

Another factor of greatest importance is the fervor and 
zeal and ability of the assistant priests. Among these, Father 
Harnischmacher deserves the first place not only for the 
length of service which was almost ten years, but especially 
for his zeal and devotion; if it had been his own parish he 
could not have worked better. The other priests are Fathers 
John Rondzik, now pastor of St. Joseph Church, Aloys 
Schmitz, now pastor of Round Lake, F. L. Kalvelage, and 
Joseph Gehrig. All of them have given their best efforts to 
the parish and each one of them endeared himself to the 
parishioners. May God reward them for their work. 


The decoration of the church has been the great event in 
the parish, and itself helped considerably to building up the 
parish. People like to go to a beautiful church. It was done 
in 1922 and together with the repairs, lighting, sidewalks and 
roofs cost $20,000. Following are the names of those who 
made the regular contribution of $25 and more: 

John F. Becker, Anna Behrendt, $36; August Behnke, 
Andreas Blank, Engelbert Blum, $30; Helen Braun, Henry 
Brod, Barney Brosowski, Children of Mary, $250; Frank 
Cwerenc, $30; Rudolph Cwerenc, Edw. A. Cwiklinski, 
Adele Dinet, John Doerr, Leo Dymek, Roman Dymek, An' 
ton Ennesser, $30; Rose Ennesser, Karoline Fachet, John 
Fensterle, J. A. Fensterle, Theresa Fensterle, Gertrude Fied' 
ler, John W. Fiedler, John A. Fleming, $50; John Frey, $63; 
Richard Geiger, Herome Gerlach, August Gewelke, Mary 
Giere, $30; John Girsch, Paul Girsch, $27; Frank Glueck, 
Leo Golembiewski, $20; Chas. Golly, $50; W. A. Goslinow 
ski, $30; Lawrence Greene, Robert Gronde, August Grze- 
gowski, Fred Grzegowski, $55; Mrs. Jos. Harmet, $20; Chas. 
Hart, Josephine Hartwig, Cecylia Hat, $35; Veronica Heinle, 
$30; Marie Hesser, $40; John Hewelt, $35; Magdalena Hipe- 
lius, Mary Hoff, Cath. Holm, $46; Lorens Honikel, $45: 
Anton Kahler, Mrs. F. Kendzierski, $50; Valentin KerU, 
$20; Felix Kilichowski, $20; Jos. Kitowski, Mrs. Jos. Klein, 
$24; Grace Klein, $22; Geo. R. Knippen, Andrew Koob, 
$45; Chas. Koob, Martin A. Koop, Mrs. Andrew Korthals, 
$40; Constance Korthals, Joe Kosac, Mrs. Julia Kosac, Joseph 
Kotlengar, Mrs. Jos. Krecmarek, Joseph Krejci, F. F. Kreyetz;- 
ski, Anna Kristan, Mary Kristan, Theresa Kristan, Henry 
Kruegel, Joseph Kruse, $30; Mrs. Kuszynski, Anton O. Lan- 
des, $45; Tony LaRocco, $20; Mrs. Peter Laux, $23; Mr. 
and Mrs. Leahy, Chas. Legrand, $27; Frank Levand, $22: 



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Anthony La Rocco 

Frank Lewandowski, $26; John W. Ludwig, Bruno Lukose- 
wicz, Anna Lutske, Thomas Madden, Elisabeth Marach, 
John Mathia, $20; Adam Mayer, $100; George Mayer, $50: 
Peter Meiser, $22; Gertrude Meyer, Eleanore Meyer, John 
Mikolitsch, $40; Joseph Milkowski, Pauline Milkowski, 
Hugo B. Miller, Joseph Miller, John Moeller, Jerry Murphy, 
Anthony J. Nau, $27; John Nau, Thomas Neton, $26; Peter 
Nowak, Albert Orzada, Anton Orsada, Joseph Palatine, $50; 
Paul Patrickus, $20; John C. Paul, $61; John C. Pawelczyk, 
$20; V. M. Popowics, George Prena, $35; Peter Pubance, 
John T. Puetz;, Stella Radzimski, A. and P. Rasko, $22; Max 
Raskow, $50; Al. J. Reisel, $25; John L. Reisel, $20; Max 
ReUek, Anna Ritter, Gus Roggenbaum, $45; Frank Romnv 
ski, $22; August N. Rozek, $22; Andrew Sass, Josephine 
Sass, Amalia Sayscke, Joseph Saycke, $20; Anton Schabelski, 
$22; Wm. H. Schiefer, $22; F. W. Schiele, $63; John Schlitt, 
Katherina Schmidt, $50; Elizabeth Schmitt, $25; Michael 


Schmidt, $37; Barabara Scholl, Mass Servers, Mrs. M. Sied' 
ler, Mrs. H. L. Sievers, Victor Simunich, $60; John Skokan, 
J. M. Skokna, John Skummer, Joseph Sorn, Thomas Spayer, 
Paul Spenner, Bernard Stegmaier, Elisabeth Steib, Rose Sten' 
zel, $26; Mrs. Hugo Tabert, $20; Joseph Telesnicke, Frank 
Teschke, $65; Mary Thomas, John Tichelaar, Mathilda 
Tocki, Johan Topp, Joseph Totke, $40; Felix Usdrowski, Dr. 
Chas. Venn, $46; Charles Venn, $100; John Wachhob, 
George Wagner, $31; Hattie Wagner, Robert Wankel, Chas. 
L. Warnicke, $20; Hypolit Waskowski, $22; Mary Welch, 
Mary Wesemann, $30; Bernard Willmann, $26; Rudolph 
Winter, $22; Peter J. Wisniewski, Ferdinand Witt, $30; 
Helen Wruck, John Wruck, Rose Young, J. L. Zappen, 
Jacob Ziert, $45; Henry Dinet, $100; Ignatz, Chudsik, J. J. 
Curran, William Fisher, August Gewelke, William Gewerth, 
W. H. Nelles, Peter Zappen, John Dechman, Frank Paw 
letzki, Paul Tuszynski, F. C. Voss, Albert Migalla, N. C. 
Nau, John T. Neu, Joe Theis, M. P. Gats, Paul Kaleth, 
L. J. Barta, John F. Becker, $27; John Henke, Catherine 
Kelly, John Krajecki, $125; Christopher Columbus Ct. C. O. 
F., Carolina Kunsa, Catherine Mohr. 

During this time the stained glass windows in the church 
were all donated by members or friends of the parish. The 
order in which the donations were made is the following: 
Mary Welch, $1,000 large rose and panel window; 12 large 
nave windows, costing $290 each, Kristan family, W. H. 
Nelles, Dr. Chas. Venn, Theodore Rozek, Mary Wesemann, 
Gertrude Brucker, Korthals family, Max Dombrowski, Chil- 
dren of Mary, Victor Simunich, Sass family, John Hellmuth. 
Two of these donors are especially to be mentioned: Ger- 
trude Brucker gave $1,000 for her window during the time 
of Father Evers, the money, however, had been used for 


more urgent needs; after her death at the time the windows 
were installed, her son and other relatives, kindly were satis- 
fled with the installation of a cheaper window. The window 
given by the Sass family is in the choir, and the name cannot 
be read from below. Another window of equal sise is in the 
stairway leading to the choir. It was installed from parish 
funds as the money had been long ago collected and donated 
by the Ladies' Catholic Benevolent Society. The transom 
windows costing $ 1 1 each were donated by Louise Venn, 
Christ Manheim, Charles Koob. The four lower windows 
at a cost of $90 each were donated by Mary Welch, Martin 
A. Koop, Joseph Skokna, Hieronimus Gerlach. The win- 
dows in the baptistry were donated by Albert Rosenberger, 
Frank Wiedel, John Weidemann, Mrs. Weiser. Their cost 
was $100 each. The four windows, one behind each confes- 
sional, at a cost of $360 were donated in memory of Adele 
Dinet, by her children Henry Dinet and Louise Venn. 

During this time the following larger donations have been 
made: Lizzie Salm, $2,000; Mary Schulu, $4,000; Cather- 
ine Schmidt, $1,500; Mrs. Biermann, $500; Mrs. Demes, 
$500; and the following each a gift of $250: Carl Willma, 
Josephine Sass, Simon Sass, Anna Krajecki, John Krajecki, 
Mary Wesemann, Andrew Korthals. 

Great credit is due also to the Sisters of our school for the 
renewal of the parish, especially the sister superiors, Sister 
Julia, Sister Marcellina, Sister Blanche, and Sister Cornelia; 
not only in the fact that they have maintained our school in 
the front rank of similar institutions, but also because they 
rendered the most important service for the progress of the 
parish. The work also of Sister Albertine Kongorski, a child 
of our parish, in the first most trying years cannot be for- 


Louise Venn and Mary Welch donated the Statue of St. 
Rita; and Mary Welch donated the Statue of the Little 
Flower of Jesus; the St. Ann's Altar Society, founded in 
1 920 by zealous women of the parish, who have done a lot of 
good work. The St. Ann's statue was purchased with the 
proceeds of a popular subscription. Tillie Scholl made all the 
beautiful antipendia of various colors used on the big feast 
day; and Constance Korthals has donated much altar linen 
made by herself. 

It is impossible to even mention all who have been zealous 
in the progress of the parish, but God will not forget one. 

The following appreciation will perhaps convey the spirit 
of the parish better than anything else. It appeared in the 
Pfarrbote May, 1920: 

"It is pleasant for me and I am sure not disagreeable for you 
to reflect and to speak about our last success, the Easter col' 
lection. . . . The impossible has happened: Who, even 
including myself, thought that we really could raise $4,000. 
And now we are actually above it, and by the time our next 
calendar appears promise to be far beyond. ... In point 
of numbers we are the smallest German parish in the city, 
and yet our collection is almost twice the size of our nearest 
competitor, a parish which has four times as many members. 
In proportion that parish should have $16,000. . . . How 
do we do it? Let me tell what I think. ... If you study 
the list you will find the same names again and again. It con- 
tains 1,231 contributors: 644 adults, 214 young men and 
women, 311 school children, 62 children below school age. 
It means that every member of the family from the child in 
the cradle to the poor old widow is doing his share. It means 
that everyone who comes to mass on Sunday has his name on 
the list. As I was writing this a boy came to the office with 


fifty cents, afraid that he might be too late to make the list. 
Of the 214 young people, 43 gave $5 or more; two of them 
boys who started to work last fall. Can you beat that in any 
parish in the city? Doesn't that explain our success? Our 
parish has few wealthy members; and yet 40 gave ten and 
330 gave five dollar bills. God knows I realise what it means 
for many; it means sacrifice, it means doing without things 
that you want and need. It is an honor to be in such com- 
pany to have one's name on such a list. . . . While at 
times I have asked a great deal of you, I am happy to say that 
you have never faltered. You have done your duty not 
grudgingly, but gladly and willingly, too proud to complain, 
I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I pray 
that God may keep you always, and bless and reward you a 
hundredfold/ (Signed) C. A. Rempe. 


t the arrival of Father Rempe as Pastor of 
the parish, in July of 1916, the young people 
of the parish determined to form an organ' 
iz;ation to promote and foster an interest in 
its social life. It was to be composed of all 
young people, married and single, and its 
purpose was to help the pastor in any way 
possible in his difficult task. Father Rempe 
readily consented to the plan, and an organisation meeting 
was held, at which nearly two hundred members were en- 
rolled. An election was held at which the following officers 
were elected: 

President, Arthur F. Terlecke 
Vice-President, Mrs. Anna Dymek 
Secretary, Margaret Dymek 
Treasurer, George Traub 

The new Club met on the first Monday of every month, 
and gave a social every two or three months. The outstand- 
ing events of the first year were a Valentine Party on Febru- 
ary 9th, a dance on May 8th, and a picnic on July 29th, 1917. 
Besides this, the club helped in all parish affairs. 

The officers for the year 1917 were: 

President, George Traub 
Vice-President, George Behrendt 
Secretary, Tillie Scholl 
Treasurer, Joseph Skokna 
Marshal, Elisabeth Hesser 


Martin Koop 

John Fensterle, Jr. 



Executive Commitee: 
Mrs. Anna Dymek 
Martin Koop 
Joseph Kommer 

Under this regime the club kept up its good work of the 
previous year, and engaged in the relief work which was 
necessitated by the war, the girls sewing and making candy, 
and the men aiding in the sale of Liberty Bonds and in cheer- 
ing up those who had gone to join the colors. In the interests 
of these enterprises, they gave two entertainments, one on 
December 12th, 1917, and the other on January 27th, 1918. 
The election of officers put the following members at the 
helm for the year 1918: 

President, George Behrendt 
Vice-President, Andrew Korthals 
Secretary, Tillie Scholl 
Treasurer, Joseph Skokna 
Marshall, Martin Koop 
During this term the Club tried nobly to keep up its fine 
record, but was forced by circumstances to write up a finer 
record of patriotism. The drafts and voluntary enlistments 
so cut into the number of male members that it was impossible 
to continue along the lines of its constitution. So, after the 
year was up, it disbanded until a more favorable time. Mean- 
while many of its members moved to other parts of the city 
and it was never reorganized. 

Rose Kiessling 



uring this period the choir consisted of about 
fifty to sixty members. They sang at the 
High Masses on Sunday mornings, at the 
various evening devotions, and at nearly 
every social affair given by the various parish 
organisations. The ecclesiastical music 
which they used was strictly Gregorian. 
Their concert numbers by the best classical 
and modern German composers. The directors during this 
period were: 

Clement Hutter 

John Stemper 

August Mueller 

W. Heyer 

B. Hotten 

Nicholas Keimers 
Nicholas Alles 
Edw. Ederer 
Edw. Meiler 
Johann Rolf 

Siter M. Fidelis 
Sister M. Stanislas 
Sister M. Ottilia 
Sister M. Alcantara 

Among the members who sang for several years were the 

John Reisel 
Matt Reisel 
Joe Reisel 
Martin Koop 
Julius Weske 
Felix Schommer 
John Stahl 
Albert Barski 
Otto Jaeger 
Andrew Korthals 
Tohn Puetz 

Arthur Terlecke 
Clement Demes 
John Demes 
James Voss 
Joe Voss 
Henry Venn 
Herman Bredel 
Leo Juhnke 
George Traub 
Casper Hochstetter 
Michael Laux 

Rudolph Terlecke 
Jack Lauer 
Matt. Braun 
Jos. Hermann 
Phil. Wink 
John Zimmerman 
George Demes 
John Gryzbowski 
N. A. Schommer 
John Miller 
Tohn Bauer 




John Dechmann 

Irene Marino 
Martha Hartwig 
Anna Koslik 
Constance Korthals 
Marcella Korthals 
Frances Kotlenger 
Frances Weber 
Rose Kiesling 
Tillie Scholl 

Joseph Skokna 
John Pettinger 
Gertrude Mees 
Margaret Dymek 
Gertrude Dymek 
Alice Bredel 
Anna Buntrock 
Anna Fabritz 
Sabina Koch 
Anna Kutcher 
Frances Kutcher 

Carl Venn 

Christina Kutcher 
Kate Burkhardt 
Mary Engeln 
Dorothy Bies 
Elizabeth Rominski 
Mary Rominski 
Clara Dombrowski 
Alma Dombrowski 
Clara Behrendt 

During the period from 19004918 a vested boys' choir 
sang the proper of the Mass e^very Sunday morning and the 
Vespers every Sunday afternoon. The week day Masses 
were sung by the children of the seventh and eighth grades, 
who also sang at the 7:30 Mass on Sunday morning. At the 
9 o'clock Mass a choir composed of the members of the 
Young Ladies' Sodality furnished the music. 


t. Boniface Church is grateful to the Bene- 
dictine Fathers from St. Joseph's Church, 
who in the early 6CTs sponsored the erection 
of a school on the west side of the Chicago 
River for the children who lived in that 

It was on the second Sunday of Septenv 
ber in the year 1862, when the Reverend 
Ludwig M. Fink, O.S.B., pastor of St. Joseph's Church called 
a meeting of the men in this western vicinity of Chicago to 
determine the ways and means of founding a school in this 
district. The meeting was very well attended. It was held 
in the fire station at Erie Street, near Sangamon. Here was 
organised a school society with its purpose to build and main' 
tain German Catholic schools. The following officers were 

Johann Baumgarten, President, 
Peter Schommer, Vice-President, 
Johann Gimbel, Recording Secretary, 
Peter WaUem, Financial Secretary, 
Bernhard Schuenemann, Treasurer. 
Besides this group of officers the assembly voted a pub- 
licity and finance committee. The following men were 
elected to serve: J. Baumgarten, P. Schommer, P. Schons, 
P. Schuenemann, P. Wakem, P. Weber, M. Schwinden, J. 
Dunnebek and A. Titus. These men had as their duties to 
collect the monthly subscriptions. 

It was further voted at this meeting that every fourteen 



days a meeting of like nature would be called and at the 
same place until such time that the school building would be 
erected. At the second meeting of this group of men, the 
fourth Sunday of September, 1862, sufficient funds were on 
hand to warrant them to proceed at once with the building. 
Therefore, a building committee was chosen and constituted 
J. Baumgarten, P. Walzem, P. Schommer, B. Schuenemann, 
M. Schwinden and P. Weber. 

This committee selected a site on Chicago Avenue and 
Carpenter Street. It was a small vacant bit of property, 
twenty-two by forty feet. Upon this location they were 
determined to build the school. There is no question about 
their determination for the bids were let immediately and the 
entire structure was completed within two months. Nine 
days before the feast of Christmas in 1862 the school was 
opened, December 16th, 1862, with "Teacher Dreher" at 
the helm. At the opening of the school the pupil enrollment 
numbered thirty children. But this number gradually in- 
creased month by month, so that at the end of the first year 
one hundred and twenty children was the official count. 

The speed and manner in which these early settlers of St. 
Boniface Church proceeded gives ample proof of what has 
been said with regard to their determination to give to their 
children a religious education. In a preceding chapter we 
praised their heroism, but by no means exaggerated, for they 
laid the foundation on the soil of faith and convicition which 
gave them in return the seeing of their children attentive to 
their duties towards God and zealous for their own eternal 

The school successes of the finance committee prompted 
them to begin agitation for the erection of a church. In 
the year of 1864 they received sufficient backing to warrant 


the purchase of vacant property on the corner of Noble and 
Cornell Streets, one hundred and twenty-five by fifty feet. 
Their intention was to erect a church forty-four by eighty 
feet. The cost of the church was estimated at $7,500. It is 
noteworthy to mention because of the soaring prices of real 
estate vacant at present that the frontage of this church 
property was purchased at ten dollars a foot. 

After the church had been erected it was found that the 
school location was no longer convenient and it was moved 
to Cornell and Noble Streets, across from the church. 

Father Marshall succeeded Father Albrecht to the pastor- 
ate of St. Boniface Church. During the summer vacation of 
1867 Father Marshall urged the Sisters of St. Francis of 
Joliet, Illinois, to teach at St. Boniface School. The Vener- 
able Mother Alfred complied with his request, and estab- 
lished what is known in the records of the Convent the "Mis- 
sion of St. Boniface." Sister M. Francis and Sister M. Angela 
were designated as teachers with the former in the role of 

On the third day of September, Venerable Mother Alfred, 
Sister M. Francis, and a postulant, Miss Helen Droesler, be- 
gan to organise the school. While, of course, the school had 
been serving the needs of the community since 1862, there 
were indeed many things that had to be attended to. Much 
the same as when a firm places a new head in a department. 
And yet, there was this difference of subsequent hardship 
owing to the fact of rapid-growth of the community, the 
change of pastors after a two-year period and the great dis- 
aster of the Chicago fire, which called forth alert maneuver- 

We had mentioned the enrollment of 1862 of the "little 
white school house" as being one hundred and twenty pupils. 

Venerable Mother Angela Venerable Mother M. Francis 
First Two Sisters at St. Boniface School 



The first semester of 1 867 registered one hundred and eighty, 
an increase of sixty children in about four years. The teach- 
ing staff from 1867 to 1868 was as follows: Sister M. Francis, 
superior; Sister M. Angela, Miss Catherine Tehle, Miss 
Helen Droessler; both these latter were postulants. Mr. 
Nicholas Alles was in charge of the larger boys who num- 
bered about fifty. Mr. Nicholas Alles also conducted the 
choir at the time. 

So far we made mention of the building of the church and 
school, but nothing was said of the sisters' home. Unfor- 
tunately, almost everyone in the building of a parish thinks 
of these "Brides of Christ" last. Whether because of their 
profession of vows they deserve so little consideration of 
their housing problem, or whether more convenient quarters 
would make them less subservient to the Master, we are not 
in a position to state. We do know, however, that with all 
the wealth of good intentions the early settlers and those 
who followed quite a number of years later evinced, they cer- 
tainly side-tracked the convenience and comfort of these 
"Servants of Christ." 

The Sisters' dwelling was a small four room cottage. We 
may have unnecessarily used the word "small" but with no 
sarcastic insinuation. Two of the rooms served as sleeping 
quarters; a third, as a combination kitchen and dining ar- 
rangement; and the fourth, in the form of a narrow front 
entrance, had to answer the purpose of a reception parlor or 
office. In this room, designated as the fourth, was placed a 
couch for seating accommodation. This only article of furni- 
ture filled all available space in these close quarters. There 
was not space in this room for a table upon which a lamp may 
have been placed. This necessarily caused, although many 
years before it had been proclaimed by the labor unions, an 


eight hour day. It is said that Venerable Mother Alfred 
had christened the home "the house of the angels." She 
surely must have been resigned to the inconveniences it 
offered. It is presumed in her holy and motherly heart she 
considered that it was all the will of God. It may be said 
in connection with this presumption that whether it was His 
will or not, it all redounded to the glory and honor of the 
Creator. The sacrifice these holy souls underwent bespeak 
the secret of their accomplishment and indicate their incalcul- 
able worth when, under difficulties of a distressing nature, 
they are guided by the thought "All for glory and honor 
of God." 

In 1873 an epidemic of small-pox broke out in the city. 
The heroines of the mission of St. Boniface were to taste of 
the sorrows that saddens the home in sickness. Sister M. 
Fidelis was stricken. The epidemic raged so furiously that 
the schools were closed for several weks. St. Boniface School 
was likewise subject to this order being in the area of the 
epidemic. Sister M. Fidelis was in the home and Sister 
Anthony acted as her nurse. The remainder of the nuns 
had to move away from contagion and took refuge in the 
school. It is difficult to draw a comparison between the 
house and this place of refuge. There was only one room 
which combined the suite of kitchen, dining and bedroom. 
In this suite of one room combination was one of these old 
fashioned large chimney effect stoves which answered ad- 
mirably the purpose of dispelling heat, but was never meant 
as a cooking stove. To cook their meals, the sisters had to 
stand either on the rung of a chair, or if their stature handi- 
capped them by the use of this method, they were wont to 
stand on the chair and proceed to cook on the flat surface of 
the stove which measured approximately six feet from the 


floor. This condition of affairs lasted for seven weeks. At 
first the novelty of the whole affair must have blinded the 
nuns to this inconvenience, but we have every reason to be' 
lieve that they felt greatly relieved after the seven weeks of 
this hardship and quarantine were over. Doctor Wild, a 
physician of the neighborhood attended the nuns during the 
epidemic. All the nuns submitted to vaccination. 

There was a period of apparent cessation of any startling 
event or happening until the first frame school building was 
enlarged and remodeled in 1874. During this period of re' 
construction the pupils of the four classrooms utilized the 
church for their place of study and learning. The work was 
carried on speedily so that within a few weeks' time the 
remodeled school was in readiness for occupancy. The num' 
ber of pupils was in excess of three hundred, and the fifth 
classroom was opened in the Spring of 1875. Sister M. 
Aquin was placed in charge. 

In the latter part of August, 1876, Sister M. Alberta was 
elected Mother Superior of the Order. This was indeed 
pleasing news, since Sister M. Alberta was one of the first 
nuns who came to St. Boniface parish. During the time of 
her stay at St. Boniface she had endeared herself to all and 
had gained for herself and the Order a large host of friends. 
She remained, however, in that position of honor only one 
year and was succeeded by her predecessor, Sister M. Francis. 
This latter named nun was also one of the first to reach St. 
Boniface School. As a matter of fact, she was the first 
Superior and assisted in preparing and laying of the founda' 
tion which has since throughout the years of existence ac 
claimed glory for St. Boniface School. 

In 1881, the school had hardly opened its first semester of 
studies when Sister M. Ignatius became ill, necessitating the 

Venerable Mother Alberta 



arrival of Sister M. Liboria as substitute. There is one item 
on the records of the school which demands our attention; it 
was the alertness and speediness with which difficulties were 
dispelled. This certainly bespeaks credit for the business man' 
agement of the Order. On October 27th, 1881, only a 
month after sickness had visited the sisters, another, Sister M. 
Josepha was removed to the Isolation Hospital (on 26th 
Street) , having contracted the small-pox. During her period 
of isolation Miss Mary Gurlick substituted. After approxi- 
mately six weeks, December 10th to be exact, Sister M. 
Josepha returned and again conducted her class. 

The autumn of 1885 saw the erection of the new parochial 
residence, a three-story brick building facing Cornell Street. 
Towards the close of the year the sisters moved into the old 
parsonage which, by the way, had been raised in 1878 to 
accomodate a brick basement. The old sisters 1 house was 
now being utilised as a classroom and Sister M. Stella, newly 
appointed, led her little flock of second grade boys and girls 
to more than worldly wisdom. 

We dare not in this historical resume pass up the date of 
appointment of Sister M. Valeria. It was the year of 1891. 
Her name appears on the teachers 1 list at St. Boniface to the 
close of the school year 1908. Sister M. Valeria was seven- 
teen years with the big boys of St. Boniface School. And 
these big boys were fortunate in having a teacher who 
commanded their respect and admiration not only during 
their school days but even now are generous in their words 
of praise for all that Sister M. Valeria did for them. 

Sister M. Valeria upon being interviewed recently unhesi- 
tatingly made a clean breast of it all when she said, "I was 
always proud of my boys. They were always obedient and 
prompt in their fulfillment of their duties. Not only that, 

Sister M. Valeria 



they went more than half way in their efforts of satisfying me 
in any proposal I may have made. If I suggested the scrub- 
bing of the room, the boys were there. They would don 
the aprons, carry the water, scrub and furnish me with the 
finished product. They were really good/ 1 On the other 
hand, the service tendered their sister in school did not make 
them shy or effeminate as we would ordinarily conjecture. 
These men today are real he-men, battling with the world 
and for the most part winning. They were taught to work; 
their activity then caused them to be loved by their teacher; 
just as now they are loved for the same qualities displayed 
then, by their wives, their children and their neighbors. 
Sister M. Valeria deserves this special mention since she has 
done so much good for the children she taught. She has in 
her forty-two years of service had seventeen of her boy 
pupils become priests and ten girls enter the convent. This 
achievement is surely a source of great satisfaction to her and 
her cloistered sisters. 

An incident worth mention occurred on October 4th, 
1894. Sister M. Leocadia on this beautiful fall day obtained 
permission from her superior to visit her sister, Sister M. 
Gonzaga, who was stationed at St. Francis School, located on 
Twelfth and Newberry Streets. Mother Alberta, her 
superior, accompanied her on this recreative journey. After 
they had boarded the car on Halsted Street and Chicago 
Avenue and had gone a considerable distance, the horses 
drawing the car became affrighted for some unknown reason 
and became uncontrollable. (You know in those early days 
horse drawn cars were in existence.) It seemed that every- 
one became alarmed and made a safe exit into the street. The 
two nuns, however, were the last to leave the car. As Sister 
M. Leocadia jumped, she, by some mishap, was obstructed 



from making a safe landing and broke her collar bone. 
Mother Alberta, a little more fortunate only bruised her arm. 
Again, we note the quick action of the Franciscan nuns, Sis' 
ter M. Leocadia was substituted by Sister M. Adolpha during 
her detention of almost a month. 

The year of 18954896 was crowded with incidents of 
interest and enthusiasm. During this year a large school, 
the present, was built at a cost of $40,000.00. This under' 
taking was by far the greatest up to this time in the history 
of the parish. Just think, forty thousand was to be expended 

A Class of 1884 

upon a new school and that, in the year 1895. The figures 
staggered the parishioners, but they understood the need and 
they all gave willing assistance. It was the law of supply 
and demand. The people acquiesced! But what did the 
sisters do during this period that it should be mentioned in 
this chapter. You'll be surprised! 

Vacant property had to be secured for the building of the 
new school. To this end, therefore, the old school and the 
sisters' house had to succumb. While for quite some time 


after they had been levelled to the ground, the sisters had to 
find shelter in a six flat building a little north of the alley on 
Noble Street. The property was owned by Genessers. The 
sisters occupied the entire first floor of this three floor six-flat 
building. Occupying the first floor meant in reality the two 
flats on the first floor. The reason we make clear this point 
is to emphasise the apparent inconvenience that again had 
come to the lot of the nuns in the division of their home by 
a public stairway, necessary, of course, to provide access into 
the flats above. But even the entire floor did not suffice 
to house the large teaching staff of this year. Consequently, 
sleeping quarters for four or five of the nuns had to be se- 
cured elsewhere. A unique selection was made. The flat 
above Schuenemann's saloon had been made vacant to ac- 
commodate the nuns. After night prayers these five nuns 
would depart from their Genesser flat, cross the street, and 
make strenuous effort to find sleep above the saloon apart- 
ment. Needless to recall to your mind that prohibition was 
not then in force. There was always a gathering of men at 
SchuenemamVs. Some of them were content with playing 
a game of cards and having a stein close at hand to console 
them in any poor play they may have made; others of course, 
with one foot on the brass rail drank away the time. Natur- 
ally, the latter caused disturbances when time had got the 
best of them. In an effort to quiet their confriars the card 
sharks would join the brawl. In a few moments after this 
headway had been made the group of five nuns awakened 
from their much needed rest and having to take resource in 
some action that would quiet the clientele below, usually 
knocked on the water pipe with a hammer. This action of 
the guardians of peace generally brought about the desired 
effect immediately. It was only necessary once in an evening 


and sleep was assured. Unfortunately, however, that "once" 
came occasionally after sandman had made his visit. 

The nuns unmistakably suffered during the building opera' 
tions. It was not alone that they had no home, but they had 
no school either. For they had to teach the children in 
church. The pews were used as desks and the kneelers as 
seats for the children. Mischievous as children are, one can 
easily imagine the difficulties of maintaining order in a full 
to capacity room and the faces of the children hidden from 
view. The belfry was also utilized as a classroom. With 
the ropes of the bells hanging down in the midst of the room 
the temptation was indeed great to give them just one little 
"pull/ 1 These were indeed trying times, enough, without 
question, to try the patience of a saint. But the heroines did 
not falter nor did they complain, for it was all for the greater 
glory and honor of God. Again, and probably more than at 
any other time, their motto sustained their courage and for- 

After the present rectory was completed, which was built 
at the time of the new school, the sisters were presented with 
their present abode, the old priesthouse facing Cornell Street. 
In February, 1903, the sisters moved into the old parochial 
residence which had been built in 1885. This building was 
too small to house all the nuns, and so the annex, the second 
floor of the house next door, came into use. This house is 
referred to as SuertrTs house. 

In 1899 Sister M. Julia was appointed to assist Sister 
Amalia with the little ones. That year there was paradox- 
ically as it may seem a large following of little ones. The 
class of approximately one hundred and fifty-five, was di- 
vided. Sister Amalia retained ninety-five of these youngsters 
and the rest were in charge of Sister M. Julia. This latter 


class was called the preparatory class. It was difficult to find 
suitable quarters for the preparatory class. They had first 
moved with their tables, chairs and all other necessary equip- 
ment to the large hall. Just as they had found comfort in 
their settlement they were obliged to suffer a great come- 
down. From the third floor to the basement of the church 
was a great drop. But orders were orders, they made it. No 
more than they had found conveniences and advantages in 
their new home, they were again graciously evicted. This 
time they moved to SuertrTs building. Then followed a 
series of moves reminding one of a King in a checker game 
making every effort to retain his power. From SuertrTs 
house the move was to the bowling alley, from the bowling 
alley to the school basement, and finally from the school 
basement to the permanent location in the annex, formerly 
SuertrTs barber shop. 

It is important to recall to mind the school exhibits which 
were indeed very creditable to the institution. These ex- 
hibits showed the masterpieces in every field of learning. A 
line was drawn about the room and thereon was attached 
copies of the best arithmetic solutions, samples of neatest pen- 
manship, documents of exact reproduction in the art of paint- 
ing, records marked one hundred per cent for their historical 
veracity, original neatly constructed needlework. Those who 
excelled in any branch whatsoever found their work on ex- 
hibition. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, the 
whole family assembled in the hall to view these exhibitions. 
Sunday afternoon was usually spent in examining and inspect- 
ing the children's work. 

While preparing for an exhibit June 5th, 1901, a terrible 
storm arose, in which the lightning struck the sisters' home. 
Sister M. Aegidia was about to close the window in which 



it had been raining when suddenly she saw a great ball of 
fire spin around the wash basin at her side. The poor sister 
was shocked by such a dreadful experience, her nerves uiv 
strung, she became almost paralytic. It was the belief of the 
physician in attendance that she must have been touched by 
a spark of the lightning. Her condition incapacitated her 
and she was relieved of all duties. 

The "Angel of Death" visited St. Francis Convent, Joliet, 
Illinois, on February 21st, 1908, and bore away the saintly 

A Class of 1914 

soul of Venerable Mother Alberta. During the past few 
months she had remained at the convent. Since her resigna- 
tion of St. Boniface she failed quite rapidly. 

The old saying "to know her was to love her" became 
more than a stock phrase when applied to this noble nun. A 
stroke of sickness a year previous to her death sapped her 
physical vitality, but it could not affect the sunshine in her 
soul. She was forced to retire from the active ranks of the 


sisters, but her patience and spirit grew in proportion as her 
physical strength waned, and so she continued a limited re' 
ligious practice to the very end. 

The history of her ministrations could best be told by the 
parishioners of St. Boniface parish where she was stationed 
twenty'six years. There was none too less talented to com' 
mand the full need of Sister M. Alberta's sympathy and 
Christian benediction marked her entire course of religious 
practice. Those who were children in Mothor Alberta's day 
in the St. Boniface parish will ever mention her name in rev 
erence and recall her solicitude in their behalf with a prayer 
upon their lips. Human suffering, patiently borne, is the 
crucible which purifies the soul, and thus fortified with every 
grace, Mother M. Alberta quietly laid down the cross which 
she carried so meekly during the past years. R.I.P. 

In the year 1915 the Academy at Joliet was opened. It 
seemed that fortune had shifted the scene of her activities 
from St. Boniface School to the Academy in Joliet. The 
school had dwindled down to number only a trifle more than 
one hundred and fifty students. The kindergarten chairs and 
tables, since they were the property of the community, were 
removed from St. Boniface to St. Francis Academy, Joliet, 

The Spring of 1916 ushered in a critical period into the 
history of St. Boniface parish. Everyone was at a loss what 
was to happen. Would the school be turned over to another 
community in the event that the Polish people who dom- 
inated the neighborhood succeeded to make the purchase of 
the church? It became known that Father Evers was soon to 
resign. Nervously and anxiously the future of St. Boniface 
was discussed. The children were prepared to give at their 
graduating exercise the beautiful play, "Dolores," which had 


been rehearsed for a number of weeks. All plans of rendi' 
tion of this play, "Dolores," as well as all other features of 
the graduating exercises was overthrown when announce' 
ment was made that the exercises of graduation would be 
conducted in the church May 30th. This announcement 
added to the perplexity and anxiety that had already existed. 
It was a shock the parish sustained, when for the first time 
in its history there was no solemnity or exhibition of talent at 
graduation. Providence, however, interfered with the repeti- 
tion of this arrangement by changing the conditions which 
brought it about. 

On July 8th, 1916, Reverend C. A. Rempe arrived as the 
duly appointed pastor of St. Boniface Church. His pastorate 
rigorously revolved upon the school question. Thousands 
of children in the neighborhood, almost all Catholic, and the 
school attendance at St. Boniface dwindled to almost naught. 
He made continuously strong pleas for the moral and re' 
ligious training of youth. Shall we not direct the will and 
train the heart as we enlighten the intellect? Naught but 
religious feeling, the inspiration of the soul, and faith in God 
can accomplish this. Even ethical teaching, though helpful, 
will not suffice. Moral philosophy may be similar to other 
knowledge, the product of man's mind but not a force which 
controls his acts. There are abundant examples of the failure 
of ethical teaching to affect life. France has given non' 
religious moral training a more thorough trial perhaps than 
any other nation. And yet, in fifty years criminality has 
increased threefold, though there was scarcely any increase 
in population. Such were the convictions of the teacher 
and scholar, Father C. A. Rempe, as he gathered his physical 
forces together in a supreme effort of gathering the "little 
ones" to himself. What could be the outcome of such a 


vigorous campaign? Success! But not only in the accom- 
plishing of the end but, of endearing himself to the hearts 
of all the children. He was, and is today, their recognized 

The third of September, 1917, marked the golden anni- 
versary of the Sisters of St. Francis at St. Boniface School. 
They had in their fifty years of service done much good, as 
these pages of history amply suffice to portray. The day 
must, therefore, be worthily commemorated. A solemn high 
mass was sung. Rt. Rev. Msgr. F. A. Rempe, celebrant; 
Rev. A. Reisel, deacon; Rev. A. Korthals, sub-deacon; Rev. 
P. A. Crumbly, O. F. M., gave the sermon. Among the 
clergy who attended the festivities were the Rev. C. A. 
Rempe, Rev. F. X. Harnishmacher, Rev. George Wunder, 
Rev. Oscar Strehl. 

The children's choir, composed of members of the sixth, 
seventh and eighth grades rendered in most pleasing manner 
St. Rita's mass. It was really refreshing to listen to the lovely 
music rendered by the concerted voices of the children. 

The following sisters from Joliet and the neighboring mis- 
sions had the pleasure of attending the Jubilee: 

Venerable Mother M. Vincent Sister M. Felicia 
Venerable Mother M. Angela Sister M. Alodia 
Venerable Sister M. Stanislas Sister M. Alfrieda 
Sister M. Eleanor Sister M. Francisca 

Sister M. Cecilia Sister M. Beata 

Sister M. Stella Sister M. Geraldine 

Sister M. Camilla Sister M. Roche 

Sister M. Anne Sister M. Corona 

Sister M. Eugene Sister M. Domitilla 

Sister M. Martina Sister M. Boniface 

Sister M. Blanche Sister M. Veronica 



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Luncheon was served to the sisters in the school hall, after 
which there was a social gathering of relations and friends 
and former pupils of the sisters. Everyone enjoyed the day. 

The school made wonderful strides within the two years 
of the pastorate of Reverend C. A. Rempe. Towards the 
close of 1918 preparations were being made for the opening 
of a commercial class. That year records twentyeight gradu' 
ates. Out of this number eighteen registered for the com- 
mercial class. They are: 

Lawrence Honikel 
Bruno Lukosewicz 
Harry Wesemann 
George Wieronski 
Roman Niezgodcki 
Robert Hesser 

Rudolph Patush 
Fred Klein 
Clarence Stroh 
Joseph Behrendt 
Isabelle Klanske 
Stephania Kosjak 


Cecilia Koob Teresa Dopke 

Margaret Madden Agnes Wesemann 

Ida Graffket 

The children registered for the first semester of 1918 on 
September 3rd. But classes had not been resumed for more 
than two weeks when the influenza epidemic worked havoc 
with the school attendance. The fifth grade was especially 
poor in attendance. It semed as though the influenza germ 
had complete control of the situation in room five, for the 
teacher, Sister M. Engelberta was not spared. She was taken 
sick in the last week of October and became very ill, neces- 
sitating her removal to the St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The Sis' 
ters of St. Francis, noted for their speedy method of substitu- 
tion, immediately upon the illness of Sister M. Engelberta, 
appointed Sister M. Liberata to fill the vacancy. The substi' 
tute, however, robust and healthful as she was, was taken 
ill with pneumonia, and within a month after she had come 
to St. Boniface. Her disease proved fatal. She died at St. 
Elizabeth's Hospital December 9th, 1918. Her body was 
taken to Freeport, Illinois, for burial. We may say of Sister 
M. Liberata the most that any one could wish to have said: 
"She died in service." R.I. P. 

For three consecutive years death hovered over the door of 
the Franciscan nuns at St. Boniface. Sister M. Cornelia 
being poor of health, collapsed. She had been occupied with 
the children's bazaar which placed a goodly amount in the 
exchequer of St. Boniface parish. The exact sum was a net 
$2,100. On December 19th, 1919, she was taken to bed. 
She never regained sufficient strength to be up and about. 
After being confined to her bed for approximately three 
months, she was removed in February to the motherhouse 
at Joliet. On June 2nd, 1920, she was called to face her 


Master, whom she had served so faithfully in her religious vc 
cation. Burial took place on the afternoon of Corpus Christi 
at Joliet, Illinois. The pastor, Reverend C. A. Rempe and 
his curate, Reverend F. X. Harnischmacher, together with 
three of the nuns stationed at St. Boniface, Sisters M. Blan' 
dina, Alma and Marcellina, attended the funeral. 

December 21st, 1920, four days before commemoration 
of the birth of Christ, another of His servants, and this time, 
a child from St. Boniface School, died. Sister M. Francisca, 
and in the world known as Elisabeth Reisel, had been ill for 
quite some time. Her condition necessitated an operation. 
She improved after the first operation with, however, some 
unforeseen condition arising making another operation indis' 
pensable. Her strength was not sufficient to bear up under 
this strain and she died on the above mentioned date. Her 
remains where brought to St. Boniface Church where she 
lay in state until Thursday, the 23rd of December. The 
funeral cortege left St. Boniface at nine o'clock that morning 
and wended its way to St. Benedict's Church to which her 
parents had now been affiliated. There Solemn Mass was 
celebrated. The burial took place at St. Boniface Cemetery, 
in the family lot. 

The school attendance since 1916 steadily increased in 
number so that every year another room had to be opened. It 
was apparent that the water mark of retrogression had been 
reached and that progression was now in order. The man' 
agement of the school for five years had come to the able 
ministrations of Sister M. Marcellina. She was instrumental 
in the establishing of the commercial class in the year 1918, 
and fully and totally responsible for the progress it had made 
until 1925. The enrollment of primary grade students was 
so large that the commercial class had to be discontinued so 


as to make necessary provision for the parochial grade stu- 
dents. It was not easy to decide on this course of action, 
especially since quite a large class had already avowed their 
intention to take up commercial studies. There is no ques- 
tion but what this higher course of education made St. Boni- 
face School very attractive and brought about, to a large 
extent, the healthful growth which it now possesses. Sister 
M. Marcellina is to be duly congratulated for the unstinted 
efforts she made in behalf of progress of St. Boniface School. 
Her disposition, of course, made considerably lighter this 
work of upbuilding. 

On June 2nd, 1925, Mrs. A. Young, who had been occu- 
pying the sisters 1 annex for years during the low ebb exis- 
tence of St. Boniface parish, now vacated in favor of the 
nuns whose numbers had increased to such a considerable 
extent as to make living in their own quarters inconvenient. 
During the vacation of that year, the whole flat was reno- 
vated. The sisters also rendered a valuable and strenuous 
service when they with rolled sleeves proceeded to imper- 
sonate the Dutch Cleansers and chased the dirt away. In a 
few weeks' time, however, no vestige of the unclean re- 
mained and the sisters triumphantly entered the annex. The 
sisters' home now is very comfortable and spacious. Living 
in the annex brings back memories of another day and an air 
ol conquest today. No one could better repeat the immortal 
words, "We came, we saw, we conquered," than the nuns 
who lived through the dark days with a "faith to move 
mountains" and fearless initiative that could alone bring 
about such a grand finale of successful accomplishment that 
exists today. 

The commercial class having been discontinued, Sister M. 
Marcellina was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, where her 


valued service was needed to establish a new mission. Sister 
M. Julia now became her very able successor. She had been 
stationed at St. Boniface in 1899 and demonstrated her will' 
ingness and patience, when in that year she moved five or six 
times with her class. Governed by the ideal her vows 
prompted then, her one year as superior now points to no 
departing in any particular. She is loved for her fairness and 
sound judgment, attributes which are consequent of her deep 
religious life. 

St. Boniface School, Cornell and Noble Streets, Chicago, 
was accepted by Venerable ^Mother Alfred Moes, Septem- 
ber 3rd, 1867, at the request of Rev. James Marshall. 

Teaching Staff to 1868—180 Pupils 

+ Sister M. Francis Shanahan, Superior Miss Schumacher, for Housework 
+ Sister M. Angela Rosenberger Mr. Nicholas Alles 

+ Miss Catharine Tehle. Postulant 

Teaching Staff, 18684869—195 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta StockhofT, Superior Miss Magdalen Weber. Postulant 
+ Sister M. Siena Wohlleben Mr. Nicholas Alles 

Teaching Staff, 18694870—201 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Antonia Hupp 
Sister M. Boniface Bachmann Later in the Year 

+ Miss Magdalen Weber, Postulant 4" Miss Mary Flanagan, 
+ Miss Nellie Rooney, Postulant. Assisted in Teaching 

Postulant. Assisted m Teaching Mr. Nicholas Alles 

Teaching Staff, 18704871—264 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta StockhofT, Superior Sister M. Eleonora Feager 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp. Sister M. Florentine Zehner 

Domestic Work Miss Barabara Wagner, Postulant 

Sister M. Ferdinand Simon Mr. Nicholas Alles 


Teaching Staff, 1871-1872—278 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Fidelis Espelage 
Sister M. Antonia Hupp, Sister M. Florentine Zehner 

Domestic Work + Sister M. Ursula Wagner 

Sister M. Eleonora Feager 

Teaching Staff, 18724873—290 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Alexandra Munch, 
Sister M. Antonia Hupp In February, 1873 

Sister M. Eleonora Feager Miss Anna Woermann, 
Sister M. Fidelis Espelage, Postulant, March 19th, 1873 

To March 18th Mr. Haak, Till November 

Teaching Staff, 18734874—301 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Cleopha Fechtrup, in April 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Gregory Miller, to April 

Sister M. Alexandra Munch Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 
Sister M. Eleonora Feager 

Teaching Staff, 18744875—314 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Eleonora Feager 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Sister M. Alexandra Munch Sister M. Aquina Gloeckner, April 
+ Sister M. Cleopha Fechtrup 

Teaching Staff, 18754876—323 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 
Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Euphemia Wagner 

Sister M. Eleonora Feager 

Teaching Staff, 18754876—332 Pupils 

Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff, Superior Sister M. Eleonora Feager 
Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

•i* Sister M. Euphemia Wagner 

Teaching Staff, 18764877—338 Pupils 

Sister M. Eleonora Feager, Superior Sister M. Josepha Redlinger, 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp April, 1877 

Sister M. Rose Simon Sister M. Alberta Stockhoff was ap- 

Sister M. Caroline Jungels pointed Mother Superior for 

Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller one year by the Rt. Rev. 

Sister M. Bernarda Metz, Jan., 1877 Thomas Foley, Bishop of Chi' 

Sister M. Euphemia Wagner cago. 


Teaching Staff, 18774878—351 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Eusebia Hiermeier 

Superior (Last 6 or 7 months) 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 

Sister M. Eleonora Feager 4* Sister M. Gentilis Biehl 

Sister M. Rose Simon Sister M. Faustina Gensbichler 
Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Teaching Staff, 18784879—359 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, + Sister M. Eleonora Feager 

Superior Sister M. Anna Miller 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

+ Sister M. Eusebia Hiermeier Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 

Teaching Staff, 18794880—364 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Ambrose Osthoff 

Superior Sister M. Anna Miller 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Sister M. Liguori Adler Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 

Teaching Staff, 18804881—370 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff. Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Superior 4* Sister M. Julia Meyers 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp *fr Sister M. Bernarda Metz 

Sister M. Stanislas Droesler Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 
Sister M. Liguori Adler 

Teaching Staff, 18814882—376 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 

Superior Sister M. Liboria Vollmer 

Sister M. Antonia Hupp Sister M. Ignatia Jagoditch 

Sister M. Stanislas Droesler (A Few Months) 

Sister M. Liguori Adler Miss Mary Garlick, Postulant 
Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Teaching Staff, 18824883—381 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Superior Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 
Sister M. Antonia Hupp. Housework Sister M. Euphemia Ertmer 

Sister M. Liguori Adler Sister M. Genevieve Morris, 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Assist in Housework 
Sister M. Anna Miller 


Teaching Staff, 18834884—398 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Anselma Baumgart 

Superior Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler, 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Domestic Work 

Sister M. Josepha Redlinger + Sister M. Justina Grignoe, 

Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller Domestic Work 
Sister M. Euphemia Ertmer 

Teaching Staff, 18844885—406 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Assumption Klipfel 

Superior Sister M. Borgia Emmerich 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Sister M. Euphemia Ertmer 
Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. Josepha Redlinger Sister M. Anselma Baumgart 

Teaching Staff, 18854886—417 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, + Sister M. Assumption Klipfel 

Superior Sister M. Borgia Emmerich 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Sister M. Euphemia Ertmer 
Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. Josepha Redlinger + Sister M. Anselma Baumgart 

Teaching Staff, 18864887—429 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Stella Koester 

Superior Sister M. Eusebia Goldschmitt 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Sister M. Ludovica Zechermacher 

+ Sister M. Josepha Redlinger Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler, 

+ Sister M. Borgia Emmerich Domestic Work 

Sister M. Martina Dirnberger Sister M. Antonia Hupp, 

4" Sister M. Euphemia Ertmer Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 18874888—438 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Stella Koester 

Superior Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Sister M. Ludovica Zechermacher 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt Sister M. Eusebia Goldschmitt 

Sister M. Martina Dirnberger Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. Augustine Werckmann Sister M. Antonia Hupp 

Teaching Staff, 18884889—447 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

Superior Sister M. Stella Koester 

Sister M. Liboria Vollmer Sister M. Eusebia Goldschmitt 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt Sister M. Veronica Haarth 

Sister M. Martina Dirnberger Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. Augustine Werckmann Sister M. Antonia Hupp 



Teaching Staff, 18894890—451 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, 
+ Sister M. Liboria Vollmer 
Sister M. Otillia Schmitt 
Sister M. Leonarda Hiebel 

Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 
Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 
Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 
+ Sister M. Antonia Hupp 
Sister M. Stella Koester 

Sister M. Augustine Werckmann + Sister M. Dominic McGowan 

Teaching Staff, 18904891- 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, Sister M. 

Superior Sister M. 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt + Sister M. 

Sister M. Liguori Adler Sister M. 

Sister M. Leonarda Hiebel Sister M. 

Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland Sister M. 
Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 

-470 Pupils 

Anastasia Werckmann 
Stella Koester 
Emerentia Schmitt 
Ferdinanda Stalzer 
Amata Hutsch 
Gerarda Loeffler 

Teaching Staff, 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, 

Sister M. Otillia Schmitt 
Sister M. Liguori Adler 
Sister M. Leonarda Hiebel 
Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb 
Sister M. Anastasia Werckmann 

18914892—491 Pupils 

Sister M. Stella Koester 
+ Sister M. Amata Hutsch 

* August 3rd, 1892 
Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Thecla Joyce, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 18924893—529 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb 
Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 
Sister M. Liguori Adler 

+ Sister M. Anastasia Werckmann 
Sister M. Stella Koester 
Sister M. Bonaventura Kolljung 
Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 
Sister M. Thecla Joyce 

Teaching Staff, 18934894—557 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, 

Sister M. 

Bonaventura Kolljung 


Sister M. 

Damiana Konopek 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt 

Sister M. 

Victoria Steidle 

Sister M. Valeria Reeb 

Sister M. 

Leocadia Dirnberger 

Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 

Sister M. 

Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. Liguori Adler 

Sister M. 

Thecla Joyce 

Sister M. Stella Koester 



Teaching Staff, 1894-1895—604 Pupils 

Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb 
+ Sister M. Liguori Adler 

Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 
Sister M. Jovita Thompson 

Teaching Staff, 

+ Mother M. Alberta Stockhoff, 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb 

Sister M. Stella Koester 
Sister M. Bonaventura Kolljung 
Sister M. Damiana Konopek 
+ Sister M. Leocadia Dirnberger 
Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 
Sister M. Thecla Joyce 

18954896—653 Pupils 

Sister M. Adolpha Kirn 
Sister M. Georgina Kraffzik 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 

Sister M. 

Jovita Thompson 

Sister M. Micheline Langa 

Sister M. 

Domitilla Hanfland 

Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. 

Bonaventura Kolljung 

Sister M. Brigitta Mystowska 

+ Sister M. 

Ida Heitzig 

Teaching Staff, 

18964897—701 Pupils 

Sister M. 

Valeria Reeb, Superior Sister M. Euphemia Miras 

Sister M. 

Alcantara Held 

Sister M. Crescentia Gruber 

Sister M. 

Theodora Steichler 

+ Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler 

Sister M. 

Domitilla Hanfland 

Sister M. Hildegardis Kroll 

Sister M. 

Laurentia Rubinstein 

Sister M. Thecla Joyce 

Sister M. 

Hermina Bucher 

Sister M. Hubertine Roufs 

+ Sister M. 

Mercedes Haarth 

Sister M. Gerarda Loeffler died on 

Sister M. 

Amata Lais 

this mission of appendicitis July 

Sister M. 

Micheline Langa 

6, 1897, in the forty-first year 

Sister M. 

Georgina Kraffzik 

of her age. 

Teaching Staff, 

18974898—774 Pupils 

Sister M. 

Valeria Reeb, Superior Sister M. Crescentia Gruber 

Sister M. 

Alcantara Held 

Sister M. Friederica Deubig 

Sister M. 

Theodora Steichler 

Sister M. Germaine Rummler 

Sister M. 

Domitilla Hanfland 

Sister M. Theophila Pudlowski 

+ Sister M. 

Lawrence Rubinstein 

Sister M. Thecla Joyce 

Sister M. 

Hermina Bucher 

Sister M. Boniface Renner 

Sister M. Micheline Langa 

Teaching Staff, 18984899—918 Pupils 

Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior Sister M. Theophila Pudlowski 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb Sister M. Paulina Hermann 

Sister M. Theodora Steichler Sister M. Mechtildis Butt 



4" Sister M. Cecilia Hartmann Sister M. 

Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland Sitser M. 

Sister M. Micheline Langa Sister M. 

Sister M. Crescentia Gruber Sister M. 

Sister M. Friederica Deubig Sister M. 

Sister M. Germaine Rummler Sister M. 

Florentine Fischer 
Leonissa Schaefer 
Angelina Pilawska 
Ladislas Foenkohl 
Boniface Renner 
Helen Rappal 

Teaching Staff, 1899- 

Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb 
Sister M. Gonzaga Dirnberger 
Hh Sister M. Josepha Redlinger 
Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 
Sister M. Crescentia Gruber 
Sister M. Ludovica Zechermacher 4* 
Sister M. Paulina Hermann 
Sister M. Henrietta Lais 
Sister M. Adolpha Kirn 

Teaching Staff, 1900 

Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior 

Sister M. Valeria Reeb 

Sister M. Gonzaga Dirnberger 
•i* Sister M. Domitilla Hanfland 

Sister M. Henrietta Lais 

Sister M. Amalia Winkler 

Sister M. Adolpha Kirn 

Sister M. Paulina Hermann 
»t Sister M. Florentine Fischer 

Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 

Sister M. Julia Lagger 

Teaching Staff, 1901 

Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior 

Sister M. Valeria Reeb 

Sister M. Gonzaga Dirnberger 

Sister M. Leonarda Hiebel 

Sister M. Henrietta Lais 

Sister M. Crescentia Gruber 

Sister M. Pauline Hermann 

Sister M. Adolpha Kirn 

Sister M. Antonine Herner + 

Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 

Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 

1900—859 Pupils 

Sister M. Florentine Fischer 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 
Sister M. Julia Lagger 
Sister M. Christina Knecht, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Ladislas Foenkohl, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Mathilda Koester, 

Domestic Work 

•1901—977 Pupils 

Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Agnella Gier 
Sister M. Antonine Herner 
Sister M. Regis Bucher 
Sister M. Aegidia Pulaski, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Euphemia Kortte, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Bertranda Schnell, 

Domestic Work 

4902—961 Pupils 

Sister M. Julia Lagger 
Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 
Sister M. Corona Hagemann 
Sister M. Blandina Neilitz 
Sister M. Louisa Redlinger, 

Domesttc Work 
Sister M. Euphemia Kortte, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Celsa Vrabel, 

Domestic Work 



Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 

Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 

Teaching Staff, 1902 

Gregory Miller, Superior 
Valeria Reeb 
Gonzaga Dirnberger 
Leonarda Hiebel 
Kostka Berchtold 
Antonine Herner 
Pauline Hermann 
Adolpha Kirn 
Crescentia Gruber 
Leonissa Schaefer 

-1903—991 Pupils 

Sister M. Julia Lagger 
Sister M. Corona Hagemann 
Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 
Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 
Sister M. Laura Fox 
Sister M. Celsa Vrabel, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Martha Schoemer, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 19034904—898 Pupils 

Gregory Miller, Superior 
Valeria Reeb 
Gonzaga Dirnberger 
Leonarda Hiebel 
Antonine Herner 
Pauline Hermann 
Adolpha Kirn 
Crescentia Gruber 
Leonissa Schaefer 
Julia Lagger 
Corona Hagemann 

Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 
Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 
Sister M. Leontina Mueller 
Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 
Sister M. Celsa Vrabel, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Eustacia Deragon, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Susanna Skrinar, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 1904 

Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior 

Sister M. Valeria Reeb 

Sister M. Gonzaga Dirnberger 

Sister M. Pauline Hermann 

Sister M. Adolpha Kirn 
•fr Sister M. Crescentia Gruber, to Nc 
vember 19, 1904, when she was 
taken to Joliet where she died 
July 11, 1905. 

Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 

Sister M. Corona Hagemann 

Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 

-1905—902 Pupils 

Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 

Sister M. Laura Fox 

Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 

Sister M. Rogeria Timschock 

Sister M. Leontina Mueller 

Sister M. Lucina Gier 

Sister M. Justina Marconiler (Music) 

Sister M. Charlotte Polcyn, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Susanna Skrinar, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, Sacristan 

Teaching Staff, 19054906—865 Pupils 

Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior 
Sister M. Valeria Reeb 
Sister M. Gonzaga Dirnberger 
Sister M. Pauline Hermann 

Sister M. Rogeria Timschock 
Sister M. Alberta Graf 
Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 
Sister M. Lucina Gier 



Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Corona Hagemann 
Sister M. Clarissa Schlesiger 
Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 
Sister M. Laura Fox 
Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 
Sister M. Leontina Mueller 

Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, Sacristan 
Sister M. Carmel Hanafin (Music) 
Sister M. Susanna Skrinar, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Celsa Vrabel, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Brigilta Mystowska 

Teaching Staff, 19064907—798 Pupils 

Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 

Gregory Miller, Superior 
Valeria Reeb 
Pauline Hermann 
Clarissa Schlesiger 
Leonissa Schaefer 
Corona Hagemann 
Mercedes Vollmer 
Laura Fox 
Lucilla Eckstein 
Cassilda Mundy 
Leontina Mueller 

Sister M. Lucina Gier 

Sister M. Adriana Mueller 

Sister M. Carmel Hanafin, Music 

Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, Sacristan 

Sister M. Rogeria Timschock 

Sister M. Celsa Vrabel, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Susanna Skrinar, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Adriana Mueller 

Teaching Staff, 19074908—745 Pupils 

+ Sister M. Gregory Miller, Superior, Sister M. 

died October 23rd, 1907, at St. Sister M. 

Joseph's Hospital, Joliet, after Sister M. 

an operation. Age 55 years, 5 Sister M. 

months. 4 days. She was born Sister M. 

at New Hamburg, Scott Coun' Sister M. 

ty, Mo. Sister M. 

Sister M. Valeria Reeb Sister M. 

Sister M. Pauline Hermann Sister M. 

Sister M. Carmel Hanafin, Music Sister M. 

Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer + Sister M. 

Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer Sister M. 
Sister M. Blandina Neilitz 

Cassilda Mundy 
Lucina Gier 
Leontina Mueller 
Gervaise Luesse 
Adriana Mueller 
Hermina Bucher 
Lucilla Eckstein 
Nemesia Zadow, Sacristan 
Angelina King 
Alfrieda Koerber, in Oct. 
Celsa Vrabel 
Melania Baumgartner 

Teaching Staff, 19084909—728 Pupils 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt. Superior 
Sister M. Thomasine Frijewska 
Sister M. Paulina Hermann 
Sister M. Antonine Herner 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 

Sister M. Alfrieda Koerber 
Sister M. Alodia Wartner 
Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, 

Fancy Work 
Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Carmel Hanafin, Music 



Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 
Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 
Sister M. Leontina Mueller 
Sister M. Flavia Lochner 

Teaching Staff, 1909 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt, Superior 

Sister M. Thomasine Frijewska 

Sister M. Mercedes Vollmer 

Sister M. Josephine Schlicker 

Sister M. Hermina Bucher 

Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 

Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 

Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 

Sister M. Leontina Mueller 

Sister M. Flavia Lochner 

Sister M. Alfrieda Koerber + 

Sister M. Alodia Wartner 

Sister M. Pancratia Cremers, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Fidelis Klipfel, 

Domestic Work 

-1910—708 Pupils 

Sister M. Concordia Schubert 
Sister M. Carmel Hanafin, Music 
Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, 

Needle Work 
Sister M. Pancratia Cremers, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Fidelis Klipfel, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Pascalina Riegel, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 1910 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt, Superior 
Sister M. Thomasine Frijewska 
Sister M. Josephine Schlicker 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 
Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 
Sister M. Concordia Schubert 
Sister M. Flavia Lochner 
Sister M. Macaria Feldhake 
Sister M. Alodia Wartner 

Teaching Staff, 1911 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt, Superior 
Sister M. Thomasine Frijewska 
Sister M. Josephine Schlicker 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 
Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 
Sister M. Concordia Schubert 
Sister M. Alodia Wartner 
Sister M. Beata Jonik 
Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

1911—669 Pupils 

Sister M. Beata Jonik 

Sister M. Carmel Hanafin, Music 

Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Louisa Redlinger, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, 

Needle Work 
Sister M. Pancratia Cremers, 

Domestic Work 

1912—620 Pupils 

Sister M. Nemesia Zadow, 

Needle Work 
Sister M. Carmel Hanafin, Music 
Sister M. Pancratia Cremers, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Andrew Zeller, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Magdalen Sondgerath, 

Domestic Work 



Teaching Staff, 19124913—498 Pupils 

Sister M. Ottilia Schmitt, Superior 
Sister M. Thomasine Frijewska 
Sister M. Josephine Schlicker 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 
Sister M. Oliva Heisserer 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 
Sister M. Cassilda Mundy 

Sister M. Concordia Schubert 
Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Ositha Eipers, to Nov. 16 
Sister M. Mildred Kalvelage, Music 
Sister M. Meinrada Theobald, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Magdalen Sondgerath 

Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 
Sister M. 

Teaching Staff, 19134914 — 413 Pupils 

Ottilia Schmitt, Superior Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Mildred Kalvelage, Music 
Sister M. Andrew Zeller, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Meinrada Theobald, 

Domestic Work 

Thomasine Frijewska 
Leonissa Schaefer 
Lucilla Eckstein 
Concordia Schubert 
Oliva Heisserer 
Hermina Bucher 
Clentia Giese 

Teaching Staff, 19144915—380 Pupils 

Sister M. Anna Miller, Superior 
Sister M. Blanche Allonas 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Albertine Kongorski 
Sister M. Lucilla Eckstein 
Sister M. Concordia Schubert 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 

Sister M. Clementia Giese 
Sister M. Annette Kastner 
Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Scholastica Kiefer, 

Domestic Work 
4" Sister M. Meinrada Theobald 

Teaching Staff, 19154916—361 Pupils 

Sister M. Anna Miller, Superior 
Sister M. Blanche Allonas 
Sister M. Leonissa Schaefer 
Sister M. Albertine Kongorski 
Sister M. Hermina Bucher 
Sister M. Hilda Stanton 
Sister M. Clementia Giese 

+ Sister M. Annette Kastner 
Sister M. De Sales Aschemann, 

Sister M. Pancratia Cremers, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Rogeria Sestko, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 19164917—361 Pupils 

Sister M. Cornelia Becker, Superior 
Sister M. Albertine Kongorski 
Sister M. Marcellina Linser 
Sister M. Nothburga Musolff 

Sister M. Rose Angela Amann, 

Sister M. Pancratia Cremers, 

Domestic Work 


Sister M. dementia Giese Sister M. Seraphine Decker, 
Sister M. Engelberta Boner Domestic Work 

Sister M. Liboria Girard 

Teaching Staff, 19174918—242 Pupils 

Sister M. Cornelia Becker, Superior Sister M. Teresa Schub 

Sister M. Albertine Kongorski Sister M. Carmelita Loeffler 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser Sister M. Liboria Girard 

Sister M. Clementia Giese Sister M. Hubertine Roufs, 
Sister M. Engelberta Boner Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 19184919—229 Pupils 

Sister M. Cornelia Becker, Superior Sister M. Hermenegild Moss 

Sister M. Hugolina Franzen Sister M. Liboria Girard 

Sister M. Albertine Kongorski Sister M. Michael Miller 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser Sister M. Hubertine Roufs, 
Sister M. Engelberta Boner Domestic Work 

Sister M. Alma Link 

Teaching Staff, 19194920—305 Pupils 

+ Sister M. Cornelia Becker, Superior, Sister M. Alma Link 

died June 1, 1920, at the Sister M. Adeline Nyholt 

Motherhouse, Joliet, 111. Age, Sister M. Hermenegild Moss 

43 years, 3 mo., 25 days. Sister M. Liboria Girard 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser Sister M. Michael Miller 

Sister M. Blandina Neilitz Sister M. Remberta Juras, 
Sister M. Ildephonse Young Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 19204921—377 Pupils 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser, Superior Sister M. Cassilda McMahon, Music 

Sister M. Blandina Neilitz Sister M. Mauritia Lang 

Sister M. Adriana Mueller Sister M. Constantia Corba, 

Sister M. Hermenegild Moss Domestic Work 

Sister M. Michael Miller Sister M. Madeline Arseneau, 

Sister M. Liboria Girard Domestic Work 

Sister M. Claretta Stuhldreher 

Teaching Staff, 19214922—431 Pupils 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser, Superior Sister M. Liboria Girard 

Sister M. Mauritia Lang Sister M. Wilhelmina Pesicka 

Sister M. Blandina Neilitz Sister M. Cassilda McMahon, Music 

Sister M. Hermenegild Moss Sister M. Louisa Redlinger, 
Sister M. Alice Theobald Domestic Work 

Sister M. Michael Miller Sister M. Armella Billian, 
Sister M. Laurine Fetter Domestic Work 



Teaching Staff, 19224923—430 Pupils 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser, Superior Sister M. Libori Girard 

Sister M. Mauritia Lang 
Sister M. Blandina Neilitz 
Sister M. Laurine Fetter 
Sister M. Hermenegild Moss 
Sister M. Alice Theobald 
Sister M. Michael Miller 

Sister M. Cassilda McMahon, Music 
Sister M. Aegidia Pulaski, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Constantia Corba, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 19234924—529 Pupils 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser, Superior Sister M. Henry Waldschmitt 

Sister M. Mauritia Lang 

Sister M. Blandina Neilitz 

Sister M. Hermenegild Moss 

Sister M. Laurine Fetter 

Sister M. Alice Theobald 

Sister M. Michael Miller 

Sister M. Liboria Girard 

Sister M. Cassilda McMahon, Music 

Sister M. Wilfrieda Bunda, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Bernard Leibold 

Teaching Staff, 1924- 

Sister M. Marcellina Linser, Superior 
Sister M. Mauritia Lang 
Sister M. Blandina Neilitz 
Sister M. Hermenegild Moss 
Sister M. Laurine Fetter 
Sister M. Liboria Girard 
Sister M. Fernanda Ryan 
Sister M. Julitta Felder 

1925—550 Pupils 

Sister M. Michael Miller 

Sister M. Solana Jansen 

Sister M. Georgia Henkel 

Sister M. Cassilda McMahon, Music 

Sister M. Wilfrieda Bunda, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Devota Komara, 

Domestic Work 

Teaching Staff, 1925- 

Sister M. Julia Lagger, Superior 
Sister M. Mauritia Lang 
Sister M. Blandina Neilitz 
Sister M. Hermenegild Moss 
Sister M. Laurine Fetter 
Sister M. Martina Dirnberger 
Sister M. julitta Felder 
Sister M. Michael Miller 

1926—553 Pupils 

Sister M. Liboria Girard 
Sister M. Georgia Henkel 
Sister M. Fernanda Ryan 
Sister M. Solana Jansen 
Sister M. Rosalinda Bueker, 

Domestic Work 
Sister M. Raymunda Dannenmueller 
Sister M. Odilia Berna 


veryone nowadays recognises the impor- 
tance of education. Schools are being 
erected so as to accommodate our youth and 
make of them ladies and gentlemen, for 
education has for its prime purpose the for- 
mation of character. There are various 
systems of instruction, all of which endeavor 
to bring about the desired effect — the for- 
mation of character. 

Years ago the hustle and bustle was not so great as it is 
now. So many parents did not realise the necessity of edu- 
cation as a means necessary for promotion and accomplish- 
ment. They were more or less under the impression that the 
little schooling they had was sufficient to carry them through 
life. Foremost, however, in their consideration of education 
was the knowledge of God. They knew that the right serv- 
ice given to the Almighty meant an education that could not 
be surpassed. They indeed were unselfish. They wished 
their children to enjoy every opportunity of knowing the 
Jehovah. It seemed as if these parents of years ago from 
their religious convictions understood the great difficulty of 
the formation of character with the absence of the fear of 
God instilled within the hearts of their children. They dwelt 
upon this point vigorously and consistently. It is for this 
reason that the old German settlers founded the system of 
parochial education. The knowledge of God was absolutely 
necessary. So much so, that many times in the history of 
the founding of new parishes among the German descendants 


A St. Boniface bov. 

A former Curate at St. Boniface. 


Subdeaconship, March 15th, 1902, by Arch' 
bishop Katzer. 

Deaconship, March 16th, 1902, by Arch' 
bishop Katzer. 

Priesthood, June 21st, 1902, by Bishop 

Classics at St. Lawrence College, Mt. Cal- 

Philosophy and Theology, St. Francis, Wis- 

A St. Boniface bov. 

Minor Orders, May 22nd, 1907, by Bishop 

Subdeaconship, May 23rd, 1907, by Bishop 

Deaconship, May 24th, 1907, by Bishop 

Priesthood, June 21st, 1907, by Archbishop 

Born on August 12th, 1884, at Chicago. 
Studied at St. Joseph, Mo., and St. Francis, 

A St. Boniface boy. 


Minor Orders, June 6th, 7th, 1916, by 
Bishop Trobec. 

Subdeaconship, June 12th, 1917, by Arch- 
bishop Ireland. 

Deaconship, September 21st, 1917, by Arch' 
bishop Mundelein. 

Priesthood, September 22nd, 1917, by Arch- 
bishop Mundelein. 

Born July 29th, 1894, Saria, Hungary. 

Classics, St. Bonaventures. 

Philosophy and Theology, St. Paul Semi- 

A former Curate at St. Boniface. 


Subdeacon, December 17th, 1892, by Mon- 

signor Satolli, D.D. 
Deaconship, June 21st, 1893, by Bishop 

Chapelle, D.D. 
Priesthood, December 9th, 1893, by Bishop 

E. J. Dunne. 
Born in Chicago, February 9th, 1866. 
Classics at St. Francis Seminary and Bour- 

Philosophy at Bourbonnais. 
Theology at St. Mary's, Baltimore and 

A St. Boniface boy. 

Minor Orders, September 27th, 1920, and 

May 23rd, 1921, by Bishop O. Corregan. 
Subdeaconship, April 9th, 1923, by Bishop 

Deaconship, May 13th, 1923, by Bishop 

Priesthood, May 26th, 1923, by Archbishop 

Born August 20th, 1897, at Chicago. 
Philosophy at St. Mary's Seminary. 
Theology, Sulpician Seminary, Washington, 

D. C. 
Classics at Cathedral College. 
A St. Boniface boy. 



of this country the school was built first and then the church. 

This was the condition of the early beginnings of St. Boni- 
face parish. The settlers, in the sparsely colonised western 
limits of the city of Chicago, yearned for a place of worship. 
But they were mindful of the fact that a school was of great 
importance toward the fulfilling of their obligation to God 
with reference to their children. Therefore, the school pre- 
ceded the building of a church by a number of years. But 
the fruits of their course of action is very apparent when we 
consider that they have turned to God's service fifty-six of 
their daughters and more than a dosen of their sons. 

Finality in all things is the first point to be remembered. 
And they did remember. They were mindful. They did 
enjoy a real sensible good by the pleasure derived from the 
fulfillment of the end they had in view. However, a moral 
good came to them to arising from the dual faculties of free 
will and intellect, which, because of education, gave birth to 
responsibility. It made for real men and women capable of 
directing themselves toward the good and upright in life. 

The great thesis: "God is the ultimate end of man" was 
known to these early people who founded the St. Boniface 
parish. In their own simple way they made this thesis prac- 
tical. They studied out for themselves that the intellect and 
will must be completely satisfied for happiness which they 
would have defined as the permanent possession of the per- 
fect good which completely satisfies the soul. They argued 
man's intellect and will cannot be completely satisfied with 
the things of the world owing to their contingency. Conse- 
quently man obtains his perfection in God. They fully real- 
ized that there existed different kinds of good; the good of 
fortune such as riches, the good of the body such as health, 
the good of the soul such as virtue. What were they to do? 


Said first Mass June 14th, 1908. 
Ordained June 13th, 1908, by Most Rev. 

Archbishop Quigley. 
Studied at St. Francis, Kenrick, St. Louis, 

and St. Meinrad. 
A St. Boniface boy. 

Subdeaconship, by Most Rev. M. Heiss. 
Deaconship, December, 1885, by Most Rev. 

M. Heiss. 
Priesthood, October 17th, 1886, by Most 

Rev. M. Heiss. 
Born Elspe, Westphalia, December 10th, 

Studied at Elspe and St. Francis Seminary, 

A former Curate at St. Boniface. 


Minor Orders, April 28th, 1918, by Cardi- 
nal Pompili. 

Subdeaconship, December 21st, 1918, by 
Cardinal Pompili. 

Deaconship, January 19th, 1919, by Cardi- 
nal Pompili. 

Priesthood, June 14th, 1919, by Cardinal 

Born August 21st, 1894, at Chicago. 

Classics at Cathedral College, Philosophy 
and Theology at North American College, 

A St. Boniface boy. 

Subdeaconship, March 17th, 1888, by Most 

Rev. M. Heiss. 
Deaconship, March 18th, 1888, by Most 

Rev. M. Heiss. 
Priesthood, June 2 3rd, 1888, by Most Rev. 

P. A. Feehan. 
Born in Luxemburg, Germany, July 4th, 

Studied SS. Peter and Paul, Brilon, and St. 

Francis, Milwaukee. 
A former Curate at St. Boniface. 

Subdeaconship, March 14th, 1891, by Rt. 

Rev. Bishop Kalzer. 
Deaconship, March 15th, 1891, by Rt. Rev. 

Bishop Kalzer. 
Priesthood, June 21st, 1891, by Most Rev. 

P. A. Feehan. 
Born at Hilberath, June 6th, 1866. 
Classics, Prussia and Mt. Calvary. 
Philosophy, Baltimore Manglino. 
Theology, St. Francis, Wis. 
A former Curate at St. Boniface. 

Former Curate at St. Boniface. 



Were they to equip their sons and daughters in that knowl- 
edge only which would bring them wealth? Were they to 
permit their sons and daughters to train in such a manner as 
to fulfill the Spartan ideal of a strong body? Where they to 
instill within the youthful hearts of their sons and daughters 
virtue? One of these standards of perfection seemed alone 
opened to them. They were not able to consider the happy 
combination. The Scripture text, "What does it profit a 
man if he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his 
soul?" stood in refutation of adopting a too worldly educa- 
tion. There must be religion! As far as strength of body is 
concerned the children could have all the recreation neces- 
sary for such requirement by assisting with the work about 
the house. Sport for sport's sake was not known in those 
days. The reasoning that eliminated the first ideal as imprac- 
tical made the latter impregnable. 

Religious education was the unanimous decision, for to 
them it formed the basis upon which the social edifice must 
rest. "Without a great creative idea, whence will flow the 
ideas of reason, virtue, justice, obligation and right, which are 
as necessary to the existence and preservation of society as 
blood and nourishment are to the life of the individual, 
society would be destroyed — without sweet ties by which re- 
ligious ideas unite together the members of the family, with- 
out the heavenly harmony, which they infuse into all the 
connections, the family would cease to exist, or at least would 
be only a rude and transient union, resembling the intercourse 
of animals. " Thus wrote the great philosopher Balmes, 
about seventy-five years ago. Is there any wonder then, that 
these early pioneers rigorously upheld and practiced their 

In keeping with the program, which the people had made 

Minor Orders, Mav 26th, 1915, bv Bishop 

Subdeaconship, Mav 27th, 1915, bv Bishop 

Deaconship, Mav 28th, 1915, bv Bishop 

Priesthood, Mav 29th, 1915, bv Bishop 

Born August 16th, 1891, at Chicago, 111. 
Classics Theology and Philosophy at St. 

Francis Seminary, Wis. 
A St. Boniface bov. 

Ordained to priesthood in 1869. 
First year Theology at St. Francis, Mikvau' 

Went to the Holy Land. Died. Buried on 

the Island of Cypress. 
A former Curate at St. Boniface. 

A former Curate at St. Boniface. 


Minor Orders, March 29th, 1911, by Arch- 
bishop Quigley. 

Subdeaconship, March 30th, 1911, by Arch 
bishop Quigley. 

Deaconship, March 3 1st, 1911, by Arch' 
bishop Quigley. 

Priesthood, April 1st, 1911, by Archbishop 

Born April 2nd, 1883. 

Classics at Sacred Heart and St. Ignatius 

Philosophy, Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

Theology, St. Paul Seminary. 

A St. Boniface bov. 


Minor Orders, May 18th, 1910, by Arch- 
bishop Quigley. 

Subdeacon, May 19th, 1910, by Archbishop 

Deaconship, May 20th, 1910, by Arch- 
bishop Quigley. 

Priesthood, Mav 21st, 1910, bv Archbishop 

Born December 17th, 1883. 

Classics, Philosophy and Theology at St. 
Francis Seminary, Wis. 

A St. Boniface boy. 


Minor Orders, June 9th, 1917, by Bishop 

Subdeaconship, June 11th, 1918, by Bishop 

Deaconship, August 15th, 1918, by Bishop 

Priesthood, September 21st, 1918, Arch- 
bishop Mundclein. 

Born July 20th, 1894, at Hoboken, N. Y. 

Classics at St. Ignatius College and St. 
Francis Seminary. 

Philosophy and Theology at St. Paul Sem- 

A St. Boniface bov. 



history even before the time that a spiritual adviser had been 
appointed to them, Father James Marshall, shortly after his 
pastorate to St. Boniface became effective, journeyed to St. 
Francis Convent, Joliet, Illinois, to arrange for a teaching 
staff of nuns to replace the lay teachers. The nuns, after all, 
he must have argued, are ideal instructors for youth, posses' 
sing noble hearts and souls, obeying divine laws, truly sym' 
pathetic and vigilant for the pupil's welfare. The religious 
lead their pupils lovingly and gently to the religious truths 
of God. Our brotherhoods and sisterhoods are models for 
the pupils, men and women of God, of learning and sanctity, 
whose lives are consecreated to God's best interests and hu' 
inanity's best welfare. Their example enforces the words of 
their mouth. Hearts are swayed more by deeds than by 
words. Should the teacher's life contradict the truth of his 
teaching, then his labors are worthless. Teachers are the 
main object lesson in the schoolroom. 

There seems to be an old saying to this effect: "What you 
do not have you cannot give." This is particularly true with 
regard to education. No fountain of human knowledge 
should be neglected. The human mind must be cultivated 
to form eminently intellectual citizens, but at the same time 
the human heart, soul and will must be trained by religion. 
Love must come from those who love. And love is neces' 
sary for the building of the home. Someone asked sometime 
what makes a home? The poetic reply, with more truth 
than poetry, follows: 

"What makes a home? Not furniture or plate, 
But love transcending petty faults and hate. 
Love makes the home and fills it with light 
That helps lift upwards from the dreary night. 

Priesthood, July 11th, 1903, by Most Rev. 

J. E. Quigley, DD. 
Born at Louisville, 111., September 2nd, 

Former Curate at St. Boniface. 


Minor Orders, May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 1920, 
by Bishop Rhode. 

Subdeaconship, June 20th, 1920, by Arch- 
bishop Messmer. 

Deaconship. October 10th, 1920, by Arch- 
bishop Messmer. 

Priesthood, May 21st, 1921, by Archbishop 

Born July 26th, 1896, in Chicago. 

Theology, Philosophy and Classics at St. 
Francis, Milwaukee. 

A St. Boniface boy. 

Minor Orders, April 12th, 1916, by Bishop 

Subdeaconship, April 13th, 1916, by Bishop 

Deaconship, April 14th, 1916, by Bishop 

Priesthood, June 17th, 1916, by Archbishop 

Born November 10th, 1885, at Olpe, Wes- 

phalia, Germany. 
Classics at Minster, Westphalia, Germany. 
Philosophy at Rochester, N. Y. 
Theology, St. Paul, Minn. 
Former Curate at St. Boniface. 

Minor Orders, March 7th, 1912, by Rt. 

Rev. P. P. Rhode. 
Subdeaconship, March 8th, 1912, by Rt. 

Rev. P. P. Rhode. 
Deaconship, May 31st, 1912, by Rt. Rev. 

P. P. Rhode. 
Priesthood, June 1st, 1912, by Most Rev. 

J. E. Quigley. 
Born November 9th, 1885. 
Classics, Germany. 
Philosophy, St. Francis, Milwaukee. 
Theology, St. Francis, Milwaukee. 
Former Curate at St. Boniface. 

Ordained June 23rd, 1895. Died March 

11th, 1917. 
A St. Boniface boy. 


Ordained Tune 21st, 1902. Baptized July 

15th, 1874, by Father Venn. 
A St. Boniface boy. 



What makes a home? Not fashions or display, 
But love, before which evil flees away; 
Love makes the home; without it dark indeed 
The house of hearts that suffer, ache and bleed. 

What makes a home? Not brica'brac and art, 
But love whose furnishings are of the heart, 
And with that simple and sublime content 
Helps life perform the duties daily sent. 

What makes the home? Not latest fads or styles, 

But love, whose fashions is of sunny smiles, 

Clear laughing, ringing on the lips of trust, 

And faith's white blossom burgeoning through the dust." 

We may recall in this connection the warning words of 
the father of his country, the immortal Washington, in his 
farewell address to his countrymen less than a hundred years 
prior to the building of the St. Boniface School and the se' 
curing of the religious from the Order of St. Francis to 

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political 
prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. 
In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who 
should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happi" 
ness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. 
The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to 
respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all 
their connections with private and public felicity. Let it 
simply be asked where is the security for property, for repu' 
tation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the 


oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of 
justice. And let us with caution indulge the supposition, 
that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever 
may be conceded to the influence of refined education or 
minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both for' 
bid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclu- 
sion of religious principles. 

"It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a neces- 
sary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, ex- 
tends with more or less force to every species of free govern- 
ment. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with 
indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the 

These words of our first president of these United States 
make quite plain his convictions. However, the effective- 
ness of religious education can be better based on our experi- 
ence than upon his convictions. The Sisters from the Order 
of St. Francis have done a marvelous work in St. Boniface 
School. They have surely effected the object of education 
and have merited for themselves the title of character 
builders. For they have instilled into the mind of the child, 
duty to God, to neighbor and to self, respect for individual 
rights, observance of the laws of God and civil laws, to be 
just to God and to be just to man. They were surely aware 
that the foundation of character is morality and the basis 
thereof religion. 

But what is character? The answer revolves upon what 
has been said: "Character is virtue, truth, moral strength, 
and spiritual courage." The teachers of St. Boniface School 
eminently accomplished all that is contained in that defini- 
tion. They were the dispensers of virtue. Their pure Chris- 
tian life, sound moral character and faculty of possessing the 


gift and imparting knowledge certainly made them eligible 
as leaders of children and man. The very habit they wear 
impressed itself upon the youthful hearts of their pupils so 
that such a large number as fifty-nine embraced it and the life 
of sacrifice, its accompaniment, rather than all the vanity of 
earthly things tempted them to secure. The habit of life 
followed by these nuns, sacrificed of their own volition to the 
cause of training youth, give them the character that the 
office of an educator demands, their memory, intellect and 
will being fully exercised by their religious morning medita- 
tions. Having consecrated their lives to this sacred profes- 
sion, they consider as a matter of conscience the strict per- 
formance of their duty. Not considering their profession as 
something temporary, but as a means of eternal salvation, 
they endeavor to do all things well, their mind being im- 
pressed that perfection consists in performing ordinary things 
with extraordinary perfection. Feeling the great importance 
of their work, they do not act as mere teachers imparting 
knowledge, but seek to develop the noblest and suppress the 
dangerous qualities of their pupils. 

Fifty-nine young ladies who have been under the tutelage 
of the Sisters of St. Francis at St. Boniface School have en- 
tered the convent. An average of one every year since the 
opening of the school in charge of the religious. We must 
concede that that number of postulants and religious out of 
St. Boniface School is a great record. We are not aware of 
any one parish whose records could duplicate such a report- 
Truly they have done a work of God. "Go ye forth and 
teach !" and then, "the harvest is great but the laborers are 
few!" must have been the impetus behind such great accom- 
plishment. But greater fruits of their labor were forthcoming. 
Twelve young men ordained to the service of the sanctuary 

Sister M. Alberta Graf (Bertha), 
August 15th, 1899 

Sister M. Benigria Reisel (Marga' 
ret), March 6th, 1905 

Sister M. Emma Borlek (Theresa), 
August 15th, 1899; ^December 
2, 1920 

Sister M. Fridoline Wasielewski 
(Clara), March 6th, 1904 

Sister M. Boniface Renner (Sus- 
anna), November 8th, 1888 

Sister M. Honoria Wasielewska 
(Valeria), February 12th, 1901; 
^August 13th, 1906 

Sister M. Leonore Kongorski (Jc 
hanna), August 12th, 1911 

Sister M. Aquina Ruhnke (Mary), 
March 19th, 1895; ^August 
20th. 1896 



and three students persuing their studies for the priesthood 
give them rightful claim of having been about "their Father's 

Our heavenly Father must surely be pleased with the re' 
suits of their endeavor. What earthly father or mother will 
complain at seeing their daughter robed as a guardian of 
youth in the religious habit of some saint? What earthly 
father or mother will show dissatisfaction at their son having 
taken to himself the Church as his bride for time and eternity. 
We are all bound to serve God. The first knowledge of the 
Creator points out to us that the creature is subservient to 
the Creator. In a special manner these sons and daughters 
have consecrated themselves to God. Will God forsake 
them? Will God forget the parents who have made the sacri' 
fice of offering their son or daughter to His service? We 
cannot for a moment think God unmindful of the love ties 
that bind human nature so closely; and, particularly not in 
view of the statement which he confessed to men, that "the 
laborer is worthy of his hire." 

Happy father and mother who have a son or daughter 
that are religious! It indeed signifies that God has blessed 
your home by His personal visitation. He has tenderly em' 
braced you in that He has accepted your son or daughter to 
be His special envoy. You know how you would feel if your 
son or daughter was elevated to some station of worth by the 
Ruler of the Land. Not the Ruler of the Land, but the 
Ruler of the entire creation has designated your son or 
daughter to work in a special manner in His vineyard. Is 
there reason for happiness? Most assuredly! 

What is a nun? A nun is a person of exalted spiritual life 
bent upon doing the will of God in detail. She is clothed 
in such a manner as to be marked by all man. But even 

Sister M. Lillian Bredel (Marie), 
August 12th, 1918 

Sister M. Clementine Koch (Marga- 
ret), July 12th, 1875 

Sister M. Donata Dams (Mary). 
August 12th, 1906 

Sister M. Berchman Frejewska 
(Eva). March 28th, 1889; +June 
22nd. 1898 

Sister M. Francisca Sorn (Cecilia), 
August 12th, 1885; ^December 
18th. 1896 

Sister M. Sylvester Kunkel (Jo- 
hanna). August 15th, 1900; 
*July 20th, 1920 

Sister M. Geraldine Demes (Eliza- 
beth), August 12th, 1907 

Sister M. Lydia Behrendt (Mary), 
March 6th, 1900: +June 28th, 



though the habit would not reveal her identity in her special 
mission; her work with the impress of God's satisfaction 
marked thereon would not be liable to mistake. The guar 
dian of youth giving untiring efforts in behalf of the children. 
The angel of solace offering consolation to the sick and pre- 
paring the dying to make appearance before the Master. In 
either vocation she is an asset in the kingdom of God on earth, 
promoting the thought of our dependence upon God in 
young and old alike, not only by word of mouth but partial' 
larly and most of all by the good example which is the out' 
standing feature of the sisterhoods. 

Not every daughter joins the sisterhoods. Although 
everyone respects those who have been singularly honored by 
such a divine vocation. Even though the dangerous unrest 
in social life about us is only too evident. The tide may be 
stilled by good living. So in their quiet and unassuming way 
the religious do their work. In a great degree the unrest is 
traceable to the same source and influence, which have 
wrought ruin in so many homes of our country, no one who 
examines the question carefully, will be found to deny. Con- 
tempt of legitimate authority and of moral obligation lie at 
the root of the evil in each instance. Like a flower among 
the weeds the religious rise up only to bow subserviently to 
their superiors. This is their influence upon the children, 
for children are observing and like parrots they follow the 
lead. The power of good example from the venerable nuns 
cannot be over-estimated when considering the worth of that 
body of God's appointees. 

But what if there is no moral law — if it is only a pretty 
fiction, invented for the good order of society, he is, of course, 
only a fool, who would sacrifice his individual pleasure or 
interest in obedience to its command. Why respect author- 

Sister M. Eugenia Frank O.S.F. 

Sister M. Albertina Kongorski 
(Regina), March 25th, 1898 

Sister M. Thomasine Frejewska 
(Elizabeth), July 2, 1895 

Sister M. Humiliana Behrendt 
(Catherine), August 12th, 1904 

Sister M. Hyacintha Bessa (Clara) 
March 25th, 1882 

Sister M. Francisca Reisel (Eliza- 
beth), August 12th, 1906; +De- 
cember 21st, 1920 

Sister M. Charles Weidemann 
(Mary), March 28th, 1889; 
+March 4th, 1907 

Sister M. Clemens Demes (Jo- 
hanna), February 25th, 1892; 
+May 31st, 1924 



ity if force be its only sanction? The principle applies as well 
to society generally, and to its members as to the family or 
cloistered individuals. 

Where then, can organized society look for the security 
so indispensable to its order and well being? Shall men be 
governed by love or fear — by love of justice — by sense of 
right — or by fear of punishment? But what is justice, what 
is right? If there be no moral law, who can answer? 

Here is where the peculiar excellence of the Catholic Doc 
trine comes to the aid of society. It brings with it no uncer- 
tain message. There is neither flattery for the poor nor fawn' 
ing to power. For master or servant, for employer or em- 
ployee, for the governing or the governed, it has the same 
moral code. That code exacts justice, while it commands 
obedience. The Catholic sisterhood is the right arm of the 
Church and with it she would save society from the ruin, 
which foolish men would bring upon it and upon themselves. 
The Catholic Church understands, for she has divine wis- 
dom to guide her, and the human wisdom gathered from two 
thousand years' experience, that the real battle of civilisation, 
for social progress and order, must be fought out in the hearts 
of men, in the seat of the human passions; that this contest 
calls weapons and forces, which the world cannot supply, 
and which must be drawn from above. 

The Catholic Church teaches with infallible authority and 
unerring certainty that the providence visible in the universe 
about us, whose power and wisdom are displayed on every 
hand, regulating with equal care the relations of the atoms 
that dance in the sunbeam, and of the planets that wheel in 
their orbits through the fields of space, did not leave men 
without a law to regulate their relations to each other and to 
Him, a law no less fixed and immutable than that imposed 


Sister M. Zita Behrendt (Anna), 
January 1st, 1895 

Sister M. Ermelinda Nelles (Anna) ; 
July 25th, 1896 

Sister M. Elvira Bredel (Helen), 
August 12th, 1921 

Sister M. James Balousek, August 
12th, 1915 

Sister M. Edmunda Spannheimer 
(Rosa). December 29th, 1895 

Sister M. Francella Dams (Rose). 
August 12th, 1921 

Sister M. Etheldreda Lambeau 
(Eva), February 24th, 1903 

Sister M. Nothburga Musolff 
(Mary Rose), August 12th, 1904 



upon inanimate nature, and as essential to the conservation 
of the human race, but suited to rational beings and con' 
sistent with their freedom, and so a law TO ENLIGHTEN 
AND TO GUIDE, but not to compel or coerce, for the 
Creator sought not the obedience of slaves. And so we 
arrive at the voluntary sweet service tendered only too gladly 
by His chosen children. They are not slaves! They are 
free agents! 

Just the thought that this community of nuns have to their 
credit seventeen children of the parish who have been or- 
dained to the priesthood. The work, like the work proper to 
the Catholic priesthood, is divine and heavenly in its char- 
acter, and therefore immortal in its duration. Time cannot 
efface it. What then is the Catholic priesthood; what is its 
work in the world, what is the ministry that makes the 
priest's life one series of glorious deeds, on e continual source 
of blessing to mankind? 

In the Gospel we have Christ shown to us in his truest 
character, namely as the Saviour of sinners. The Gospel says 
he went down to men, who were reputed as sinners, whom 
the self-righteous Pharasees spurned as men unworthy of 
their notice, whom they avoided as a leprous contagion. 
Christ went to them as man goes to his fellowman; He sat 
down in the midst of them, as a friend amongst friends; He 
broke bread with them as a pledge of good will and fellow- 
ship. In all of this Christ shows Himself as a true man, with 
needs and sympathies and affections like our own. But now 
He rises above His surroundings. His eye sweeps over the 
company around Him at the table, it kindles with a divine 
effulgence, His gase searches their souls and sees them seared 
and charred with manifold sins, and then His heart swells up 
in sympathy and His soul pours out the stories of mercy. He 

Sister M. Charitas Stachowitz, 
January 1st, 1895 

Sister M. Gertrude Schmitt (Julia) 
August 19th, 1882 

Sister M. Rayneria Korthals (Fran- 
ces), December 29th, 1895 

Sister M. Hildegardis Kroll, March 
19th, 1895 

Sister M. Casimir Jadzewski, March 
6th, 1900: ^February 2nd, 1907 

Sister M. Severina Borkowski, 
Aug.ust 15th. 1900 

Sister M. Juliana Pankanin, Decem- 
ber 29th, 1895 

Sister M. Placida Badzinska, March 
6th. 1900; ^August 16th, 1916 



tells of the lost sheep and lost piece of money. The loss of 
both is a grief to the heart; the search for them is long and 
untiring, till the find is made with rejoicing, and the return 
becomes a feast of gladness. 

So the heart of God seeks to find and save every erring 
and sinful soul in this world. How those hearts hardened 
and perverted though they were, thawed up and softened and 
melted, when hearing these stories from the lips of Christ; 
how hot tears gathered in their eyes and trickled down their 
cheeks, and the cry for mercy sobbed forth from their souls. 
And they felt it — Christ accepted their penance and for- 
gave them that very moment and embraced them in mercy 
and love. This is Christ as the Saviour of sinners, and this 
story of the Gospel describes the Catholic priesthood in its 
purposes and in its sublimest functions. What Christ began 
here on earth that self-same work the priest is to continue 
for all times, and therefore the priest is called "another 
Christ" for his generation. 

The priest indeed is a man like the rest of men, frail and 
faultful, with needs and affections, as purely human, as the 
least of men is subject to them. He remains a man, a child 
of earth, and therefore earthbound in spite of his ordinations, 
and he will remain subject to his human nature until his 
bones are withered in death. But with all that belongs to 
human nature in him, there is superadded through his ordi- 
nation a grace, a dignity, a power that is truly divine. And 
what is this power, this dignity, this grace, that lifts up and 
elevates this human being, and makes him more worthy of 
honor and reverence than an angel in heaven? St. Francis 
was wont say, if he were to meet an angel and a priest in 
company he would first pay his respects to the priest and to 
the angel thereafter. What is it that constitutes the Catholic 

Sister M. Mildred Von Hollen. 
March 19th, 1895; +June 18th, 

Sister M. Theodora Steichler 
(Anna), August 25th, 1877 

Sister M. Felicia Stegmaier (Mag- 
dalen), July 31st, 1905 

Sister M. Marcella Stegmaier 
Emilia), March 27th, 1890 

Sister M. Rosalia Kiesling (Fran- 
ces), January 14th, 1879; 
^October 31st, 1922 

Sister M. Richardis Bartodjiej. 
August 12th, 1904 

Sister M. Eulalia Kceing (Clara), 
January 1, 1895 

Sister M. Pachomia Orzada 
(Mary), February 12th, 1901; 
^August 30th, 1909 



priesthood and makes it so exalted in grace, so lofty in dignity, 
so tremendous in power? 

The priest has first a divine sending to preach the word of 
salvation, the word by which alone man can enter into life 
eternal. To the priest apply the words which Christ ad- 
dressed to His apostles: "All power is given to Me in heaven 
and on earth, and so as the Father has sent Me so I also send 
you. Go out and preach. He who hears you hears Me, and 
he who despises you despises Me. He who believes and is 
baptised shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be 
condemned." This is the divine force behind the preaching 
of the lowliest priest. The world may scorn him as uiv 
learned, uncultured and uncouth; his speech may be con' 
temptible, as they said of St. Paul; his doctrine may appear 
as utter folly to the wisdom of this world, yet his word is 
beyond question the doctrine of salvation, it is the word of 
God and contains the power of God, efficient to bring about 
the salvation of human souls. The priest can say with Christ, 
the doctrine I preach to you is not mine, but the doctrine of 
Him who sent me; it is the word of truth, the truth that shall 
make you free, the truth that shall lead you to the liberty of 
the children of God, the truth that shall conquer the world, 
that shall prevail forever against the powers of darkness, that 
shall sound on and on from age to age till heaven and earth 
shall pass away, till the veil shall be drawn aside and we shall 
see the same truth, no longer as in a mirror and in a riddle, 
but face to face in God Himself. 

Our world of today is being overrun with the most pernici' 
ous errors more and more each day. Men's opinions, men's 
changing sentiments are their religion; the wild demands of 
their passion are their morality; material gain and their own 
selfish interests are the only rule of conscience they will 


acknowledge. Life itself has lost its meaning for countless 
many. They may not profess it in words, but they live it 
practically every day. That doctrine of rankest materialism, 
which is expressed in Holy Writ II Book of Wisdom, where 
we read: we are born of nothing, and when we are dead we 
shall be as if we had not been, and therefore, let us enjoy life 
while it lasts, let us pluck the roses ere they wither, let us 
use the creatures as in youth, and let no man go without his 
part in luxury. Man is no more than the beast, he has no 
destiny beyond this earthly scene. With death all ends! 
Therefore have your fun; the lower, the more beastly, the 
better. Give scope to every passion until they are surfeited 
with every lust, deny yourself nothing, you live only once, 
and therefore, get out of life what you can. 

The Catholic priest stands in the midst of these errors and 
proclaims with loud and unfaltering voice the true meaning 
of life; he tells you in the great words of St. Paul, that this 
life is not all. He says, for we know, that when this earthly 
house of habitation, this body, is dissolved, in death, we 
have a dwelling with God, a house not built with hands, 
eternal in heaven. He tells you that there is a law of life for 
every man and woman; a law given by the Creator to which 
every man must be subject. He tells you, that we are respon' 
sible to our God for every action of our mortal lives, that He 
will take us into judgment, and will mete out to us punish' 
ment or reward according to our deserts. 

This has been the work of those twelve children from St. 
Boniface School grown to youth and ordained to the service 
of the sanctuary. They exercise this ministry of the word of 
salvation. What an influence for good, for correctness of 
life, for righteousness of action their spoken word has been 
is known to God alone, who reads the souls of men and 


knows the secret history of their lives. It is certain they 
have sowed the seed of God with an open and generous 
hand, with sincere intention, not to earn the world's ap' 
plause, but to benefit mankind, and though, as the sower of 
the Gospel, the greater portion of the seed went lost, fell on 
stony, barren soil, yet a deal of it has fallen on fruitful 
ground, and sprung up to bear immortal fruit for the heaven 
of God. 

Greater still and more divine the grace, the dignity, the 
power of the priesthood appears, when he acts in his office 
as the judge of God's own cause, when he hears confessions 
and absolves men of their sins in the stead of God. When 
Christ said to the man sick with the palsy, thy sins are for- 
given thee, the Pharasees said to one another: how can this 
man forgive sins; who can forgive sins but God alone? That 
same expression of doubt and amazement we hear from the 
world today, how can priests, mere men as they are, forgive 
sins? Christ proved to these doubting Pharasees, that it was 
just as easy for Him to forgive sins, as to heal men of their 
infirmities by one word of His mouth. Because He was 
God Himself and the fulness of divine power was in Him. 

That He should delegate this divine power to men, should 
commission them to exercise a prerogative that belongs ex- 
clusively to God is indeed a matter for eternal wonder, a 
thing that must astonish us without end. Nevertheless, it is 
a fact. Christ invested His apostles and with them all the 
priests, that should follow after, with power to forgive sins. 
He said to them: "Whose sins you shall forgive they are 
forgiven, whose sins you shall retain they are retained/' 
These words are direct and plain as human language can 
deliver them. God here abdicated His rights in favor of 
man. The sin, the terrible offense done to Him, the offense 


which angered Him so immensely that He created an eternal 
hell as fit punishment for it; this offense, which the Son of 
God could expiate only by His crucifixion, this sin is now 
forgiven by word from the mouth of the priest. The priest 
says the words of absolution over the penitent sinner, and 
then His guilt is completely cancelled; God relaxes in His 
justice and extends the hand of forgiveness to that sinner. 
No matter what his wickedness may have been. O, the sac- 
rament of penance, where the priest acts as a gentle judge of 
mercy in the stead of an offended and righteously angered 
God, is certainly one of the greatest benefits our holy religion 
presents to us. It is the anchor of our hope, it is our sole 
refuge after we have sinned, and we must all admit, we 
would have to give over to despair, we would have to give 
up our thoughts of heaven, if we did not have this sacrament. 

What must be the reward of those faithful nuns who, by 
their good example, have led their charges in the light of 
God's grace, there to find such a happy vocation? Think of 
the comfort and strength these ordained pupils have brought 
to souls by their ministrations! Numberless they have re- 
deemed from death and restored to life; they have reclaimed 
countless from the very jaws of hell! God can judge, the 
power of a good example which has lead such a contingent 
to join His army. 

We hail as heroes and benefactors the men who have 
fought our wars, who have freed the nations from oppres- 
sion and servitude, who have restored peace and harmony to 
the world. But no less great, no less a benefactor of man- 
kind is every Catholic priest through the sacrament of pen- 
nance which he administers. And if such be the case, what 
title of greatness should be bestowed upon those who have 
been instrumental in making effective God's grace within 


the soul of youth, to nurture it until it has indelibly sealed 
itself upon the soul of the ordained? Sisters of Saint Francis 
and priests of St. Boniface Parish, you have done indeed a 
great work for the furtherance of the kingdom of God upon 
earth. Doubtless your reward will be in accord with the 
efforts you have spent as well as the results you have 

But the grandest dignity of the priest, his most exalted 
power, is exercised when he stands at the altar, a mediator 
between heaven and earth and celebrates Holy Mass. Holy 
Mass is the sublimest act of our religion; it is the offering that 
must forever ascend in an odor of sweetness before the face 
of God in heaven; Holy Mass is the actual repetition of the 
bloody sacrifice of Mount Calvary, because in Holy Mass we 
have the same victim as was there and the same high-priest, 
namely Jesus Christ, our Lord. In Holy Mass the priest is 
not only an agent of Christ, nor is he a mere representative 
of Christ, no! He assumes the very person of Christ, he 
speaks and acts as if he were Christ Himself. He bows over 
bread and wine and he pronounces the same words Christ 
uttered at the Last Supper: "This is my body, this is the 
chalice of my blood," and as the words tremble from his lips, 
the miracle is performed. Heaven bends down to earth and 
the great Son of God, at the bidding of the priest, leaves His 
throne at the right hand of the Father, and lies in the hands 
of the priest, as the lamb, slain once more for the redemption 
of the world. 

Holy Mass is called the fountain head and the full stream 
of all graces that inundate our world. In it there flows the 
double stream to make glad the city of God, the crimson 
stream of the blood of Christ in daily ablution of our ever 
repeated sins; and the golden stream of His merits to sanctify 


human souls and to make them worthy of heaven. A saint 
has said, through Holy Mass the world is preserved from 
destruction. God would have struck the world and de- 
stroyed it long ago on account of our many and terrible sins. 
But whenever God stretches forth His arm of punishment in 
anger He sees His well-beloved Son lying on the altar, as 
deeply humbled as when he was born in the stable at Beth- 
lehem, pleading for mercy. Then the Father must draw back 
his arm of vengeance, He cannot chastise a world which His 
Son loves so much. Therefore, blessings and favors rain 
down on us again. Holy Mass is the faithful's sacrifice, their 
offering that they make to God. The priest is their repre- 
sentative. His hands are consecrated, his fingers alone are 
allowed to touch the body and blood of our Lord, but he 
offers Him in sacrifice for them and in their name. 

When they attend Holy Mass they take part in a divine 
action. They, through the priest, as it were, take Jesus into 
their hands and present Him to the Father in heaven as their 
offering of adoration and praise and thanksgiving and above 
all of atonement for sin. In return, through the hands of the 
priest grace and mercy and all heavenly gifts flow down upon 
their souls. This indeed is the sublimest dignity of the 
priest. At the altar the priest is truly the minister of God 
and the dispenser of the mysteries of Christ, who daily re- 
peats and makes new the great sacrifice of Calvary, that has 
redeemed the world and has brought us our salvation. 

There can be no question but what the Catholic priest 
holds the most exalted position that mortal man can occupy. 
He is a greater benefactor of mankind, than the world will 
ever realise, he is "another Christ," a saviour to the genera- 
tion in which he lives. The nurturing of the vocation of a 
"call to Christ" is certainly one of the greatest accomplish- 


ments of the St. Boniface School. It is, however, not the 
only one. For while we boast of the many vocations God 
has been pleased to instill within the hearts of our school 
children, we are likewise impressed with the thousands of 
children who have developed into learned and successful 
business men and women and who form a very integral part 
of our party politic. These men and women have also been 
an influence for good, primarily, because of their religious 
education. For if one is faithful to God, the implication 
necessarily is that he is upright and honest with his fellow 
man. Christ's scriptural expression: "Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself" is, after all, preceded by the text: "Thou 
shalt love the Lord with thy whole heart, and with thy 
whole soul, and with thy whole mind." We may deduct 
from the place that this latter quoted text occupies in sacred 
scripture that it is of paramount importance. Deduction, 
however, may at times be incorrect. Our God evidently did 
not want any argument about the matter and so he explicitly 
states that it is "the first and greatest commandment." 

The supreme sacrifice of life itself of the priests and sister 
hoods indicate their love of God. Their success, we are in' 
clined to believe, is so singularly marked because of their 
devotion to the Ideal. Being true to God must perforce mv 
press itself upon their fellowman. Therein we have the 
secret of success in all parochial education, "the inculcation 
of the great truth," the subservience to the Creator, our 
last end. Thus we have the entire system and thought of 
religious education promulgating the norm of morality. The 
effect for good of such a system the foregoing lines have 
modestly proclaimed. 



Photos Not Obtainable 

Reverends Jansen, Wiefenbach and J. Marino 

Photos Not Obtainable 

Sister M. Augustine Fricker (Johanna), July 17th, 

Sister M. Eva Schmidt, May 31st, 1892. 
Sister M. Samuel Czaplinski, August 12th, 1915. 
Sister M. Ernestine Mats (Helen), August 10th, 

Sister M. Gaudina Korthals (Mary), lune 12th, 

Sister M. Engelburga Korthals (Theresa), April 

1st, 1919. 
Sister M. Dorothea Mats (Theresa), March 28th, 

Sister M. Bonosa Demes (Eleanore), August 2nd, 

1893, *March 30th, 1900. 
Sister M. Maxentia Kuliwinski, Aug. 12th, 1903. 
Sister M. Angeline Zappen (Margaret) . 
Sister M. Ann Zappen (Sophie). 

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Reverends Joseph Rempe, Kloecker, Henry Hagen, 

John Liebrich, Joseph Hagenmeyer, Jackl, Anthony 

Berger, Hagemann, Hermes, John J. Steines, Fred 

J. Bergs, Jack Linden, John Reuland 


he societies of married ladies have more than 
ordinary significance. This fact must have 
been known to the first appointed pastor, 
since the Mutter Gottes-Verein was estarr 
lished March 25th, 1865, on the feast of the 
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
It was on this day that the angel sent by God 
singled out Mary to become the Mother of 
His Son. "Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee, . . . 
Thou shalt bring forth a Son. . . . He shall be great, and 
shall be called the Son of the Most High." God, who, com- 
mands all nature, makes proposals to Mary. The ambassador 
of heaven makes known his mission; Mary listens, she accepts. 
This is the significance of the feast day. It opens to us the 
whole purpose of the society: "Be subservient to the will 
of God." Was it not a wonderful ideal to hold before the 
mothers? Is it any wonder that their sons and daughters 
were dutiful children? The old story is: "The apple never 
falls far away from the tree." If the parents are good, the 
children will be good. 

The Mutter Gottes-Verein had their staff of officers but 
their treasurer for many years very satisfactorily led the 
women. Mrs. Splitthof was a woman of extraordinary ability 
and she was fearless in the display of that attribute. The fol- 
lowing incident occurred during Father Ever's time. Father 
Evers was to announce a meeting of the Mutter Gottes-Ver- 
ein on Ascension Thursday, their communion day, for the 
following week. By some misfortune he forgot to make the 



announcement. After he had walked into the sacristy Mrs. 
Splitthof walked to the communion rail, faced the women 
and made the following announcement: "Naechsten Don- 
nerstag ist Versamlung fuer den Mutter Gottes-Verein." At 
another time this good pious soul, saying prayers for various 
intentions after the reception of Holy Communion, began to 
announce a final intention: "Lasset uns beten fuer," she 
paused for a moment, since she was at a loss what intention 
to announce as the sixth, and then added: "den Heiligen 
Gheist." There are many little incidents that could be re- 
called here but we will limit ourselves to only one more. 
Arrangement had been made to have Archbishop Feehan 
come for confirmation. Mrs. Splitthof at once offered 
her services as portress. She, however, was to act as 
sponsor for the children, and it was essential that she be in 
church. The Fathers endeavored to convince her that she 
could do just one or the other. Finally, after lengthy discus- 
sion she prevailed upon the Fathers her ability to do both. 
She said: "First, I will admit the Archbishop and then one of 
the Fathers can announce in church — make room for Mrs. 
Splitthof, and I shall have no difficulty of passing by the 
crowd/ 1 Needless to say, she was portress and sponsor. 

These pleasant recollections make us mindful only of the 
wonderful personality of Mrs. Splitthof. She was such a 
sincere good soul that not one of her actions could be taken 
amiss. In all her work she had the highest purpose in view. 
The woman who had so many interests was, after all, a 
woman who was at heart a recluse. Her heart was not at- 
tached to things of earth. When she felt her end draw near 
she arranged her own funeral in every detail. The ladies 
were to carry the candles one of which was to be extinguished 
after the libera. Fathers Evers, Suerth and Rempe were 


designated for service in the sanctuary; celebrant, deacon and 
subdeacon respectively. 

The dues in all of the ladies' sodalities were ten cents a 
month. At death the Mutter Gottes-Verein furnishes a ma' 
chine and has a Requiem High Mass sung for the deceased. 
The Armen Seelen-Verein had similar advantages in its day. 
The Rosenkranz-Verein, at death, presents the heirs with 
twenty-five dollars. 

The RosenkranZ'Verein featured the mysteries of the 
rosary, and grouped their members in accord with its mys- 
teries. One woman would control a group of fifteen mem- 
bers representing the fifteen decades of the rosary. Each 
group of fifteen would have its leader, prefect or president. 
The object of this society is a prayerful one with, however, 
the many advantageous and good fortunes that come to a 
pious mother. 

Another organisation was formed by Reverend Albert 
Evers known as the Christliche Muetter-Verein. This organ- 
ization was founded to accommodate the younger element of 
married women. 

They at first met in the school hall but after a few meetings 
it was considered advisable to hold their meetings in the 
church. The church, after all, was creative of a better 
atmosphere for the conferences, which were the features of 
this organization. 

It is well worthy of mention that since 1886 Mrs. Anna 
Weidemann, still a member of St. Boniface Parish has acted 
the roll of secretary for both the Mutter Gottes-Verein and 
the Rosenkranz-Verein. Mrs. Anna Weidemann is a remark- 
able woman and mother of a religious in the order of St. 
Francis, Sister M. Charles. For some time her health has 
been failing; indeed, she was never careful about her health 



when duty demanded her presence. To her activity of body 
there is added a ceaseless activity of mind. She has the cares 
of the societies, and she attends to them as only a conscien' 
tious officer would. Her forty years of service in the societies 
merits the comment of the scriptural text: "Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant." 


he St. Vincent de Paul Society is an organize 
tion, whose object is the relief of poverty 
and suffering. Originally founded in Paris, 
France, it has spread over the whole Catho' 
lie world and has branches in almost every 
parish. These branches take care only of 
the poor in their parishes or neighborhood. 
The first published report of the society 
occurs in the February Pfarrbote of 1899: "In the past year 
thirty families were taken care of; the committee made 167 
visits; employment was secured for many; eight children were 
placed in Catholic schools; three persons were taken care of 
in hospitals; carfare was given to one family of four persons 
to send them back to their home town Farmersville, 111. 
Since the foundation of this conference in our parish a little 
over two years ago, $1,023.70 was expended in the support 
of widows, orphans and the poor in general. Rev. A. Evers, 
director; Theo. Mieling, president; Peter Staab, secretary; 
Jacob Schmitt, treasurer. Active members: Jacob Nelles, 
Jacob Dernbach, Wm. Nelles, Bernard Mieling, John P. 
Brod, Adam Paikowski, Alvin Meschke, Alphons Donner, 
Andrew Guschal, August Winter, Bernard Dettlaff ." 

While the work has continued without interruption every 
year, the reports were not always published. Published re 
ports were made only when they contained new names. 

In 1914 the following officers are mentioned: Rev. Albert 
Evers, Paul Lausch, H. V. Waskowski, And. Traub, John 



Fensterle, Alb. Orzada, Ad. Schiminski, L. Honikel, F. Witt, 
N. Herbst, J. Puets, Ig. Baelouscek. 

In 1917 the new names are: George Behrendt, Liborius 
Schneider, Eduard Gewerth, Joseph Kerts, Peter Meiser, Jr., 
James A. Kuns, Rudolph Schweigel, August Behnke. The 
larger contributions during 1917 were from the following: 
Mrs. Welch, $54.50; Rev. Evers, $24.00; Lafayette Council, 
$50.00; this was the third gift of this amount from the 
Lafayette Council. 

In 1918 the Lafayette Council gave $50.00 and Mrs, 
Catherine Dernbach, $50.00. 

In 1922 Mrs. Mary Welch gave $50.00; John Doerr, new 

In 1923 the names of George Spenner, and Joseph Gros- 
chel appear; Mrs. Welch gave $50.00. 

In 1924 and 1925 Mrs. Welch gave $100.00. 

The largest part of the revenues are derived from the poor 
box in the church; the collections which are taken up by the 
members in the church during the Easter season, and from 
occasional raffles and entertainments. 


his society was organized by Father Evers 
shortly before he resigned the pastorate of 
St. Eoniface Church. Since it is a nationally 
known organization its mission can best be 
expressed by incorporating herewith the 
words of Reverend Thomas M. Schwertner, 
O. P., an authority in Holy Name activities. 
The address of Father Schwertner was made 
in October, 1917, and will be quoted verbatim. 

"Never, perhaps, in the history of the world, unless it be 
in the days when our Blessed Saviour Himself trod the earth, 
have men lived in more stirring and momentous times than 
the actual present. The great international war is changing 
the face of the world, and with the change vast possibilities 
for good are thrown in our way. Scores of the social ideas 
and economic fetiches which men have sworn by in the past 
are being ruthlessly destroyed. In the turmoil of the hour 
there are many who attempt to lay unholy hands upon that 
most sacred inheritance of the past which Jesus Christ prom- 
ised would endure to the end of time. But whatever else 
may change, we are certain that not so much as one jot or 
title of the revealed religion of Christ will go down in the 
present maelstrom. And not only shall religion remain un- 
touched as far as its essentials are concerned, but it is true 
that the opportunities for its increase and deepening will be 
multiplied by the present breaking-up of the social order. 

"Everywhere in the world today we see signs of awakening 
to a deeper religious sense, if not an actual return to Cathol- 
icism. Abroad, the men who have lived and fought in the 



trenches have returned to their homes — when they DID re' 
turn with a consciousness that life had taken on a new mean' 
ing for them. Men who have looked death in the face for 
days together can never be quite the same afterwards. They 
have learned not only to recognize the dignity of life, but to 
realize that there is a beyond. By hard schooling they have 
been taught, even if only in a human way, the sublimity of 
the Catholic doctrine of unselfishness and sacrifice. In the 
face of appalling dangers they have learned the efficacy of 
prayer, just as the infidel does who in a storm at sea falls 
involuntarily upon his knees. Those who have not the true 
faith, or have lost it, have been struck dumb with awe at the 
sight of the courage, patience and fortitude of the Catholic 
who holds fast to his religion and its practices. No wonder, 
then, that there has been a deepening and broadening of the 
religious sense of all European peoples. No wonder that in 
every country the churches are crowded with worshippers — 
the mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts of the men who 
are "out there" fighting — who are lifting up arms to heaven 
in prayer for their brave men, and for the courage and 
strength to do their own part in sustaining them. 

"In our own country this renascence of religion is visible in 
a threefold manner: 

"First of all, we find a widespread feeling of bigotry abroad, 
which is nothing else than a futile attempt of the forces ar 
rayed against Catholicism to counteract its rapidly growing 
influence. Men who are aware that the Catholic Church is 
making rapid strides in our midst, realizing their inability to 
hinder her onward progress, hate her, and in their hatred 
seek every opportunity of placing her in a false light, 
representing her as the enemy of our national ideals and 


"In the second place, there is a large contingent of our 
people who, whilst not professing the faith, still realise that 
the Church is doing a beneficent work in the land. Indiffer- 
entists to all religions though they may be, they are broad- 
minded enough to admit that far from being a menace to our 
country, the Catholic Church, by the inoculation of the vir 
tues which make a people great, is one of its best assets. 

"In the third place, there is noticeable in the ranks of 
professing Catholics a marked deepening of piety. The fact 
that so many of our men are under arms today has made the 
undemonstrative piety of our Catholic women break forth in 
unwonted fashion. Besides the execllent assistance they are 
rendering in a material way, our Catholic women feel that 
they are not doing their whole duty by their country unless 
they storm the gates of heaven by prayer, not only for their 
own well beloved ones who may be fighting under the colors, 
but also for the righteous cause for which they are engaged. 
In the fields and cantonments our men are making a splendid 
display of their faith, and the urgent cry for more Catholic 
chaplains is a proof that they feel the need of the support of 
their religion in the hours of dreadful crisis through which 
they realise they must pass, sooner or later. Only those 
priests who have worked in populous centers where recruit' 
ing is large can give a fair estimate of the number of back' 
sliders and renegades who, previous to donning the khaki 
uniform, have thought it well to make their peace with God. 
There is scarcely a Catholic soldier who does not carry the 
beads with him, or wear upon his breast the medal or scapular 
of our Blessed Lady. Clean of heart, mind and life as most 
of our Catholic men are, they have joined the forces with the 
firm determination of trying to show forth spiritualising ef' 
fects of Catholicsm, without relinquishing entirely their dc 


sire and privilege of indulging in legitimate entertainment and 
recreation. And in the very front rank of our Catholic man' 
hood on the battle line stand the Holy Name men, who be 
lieve that as their society in times of peace has been the 
strong bulwark of their lives, so. too, in the searching hours 
of conflict, loneliness and absence from home, will it prove one 
of their main supports, helping to keep their hearts stout. 

"If so many of our soldier-Catholics, as also those who for 
one reason or another have been left behind, recognise in the 
Holy Name Society a powerful agency for good, it is but 
formal acknowledgment of the fulfillment of the high hopes 
and expectations which the Church herself has ever had with 
regard to the Society. Now, what does the Church expect 
irom the Holy Name Society, which seven hundred years 
ago was established by the direct command of the Vicar of 
Christ to offset evils which in their own way recall some of 
the social sores from which contemporary society is suffering? 

"First of all, the Holy Name Society was designed as a 
means of eliciting from the hearts of Catholic men an expres- 
sion of their firm belief in the Divinity of Jesus Christ, and 
the perenduring nature of His work. We think it is safe 
to say that there are few Catholic men in our country today 
who entertain for so much as one moment a wilful doubt as to 
the Divinity of Christ. By His miracles and His works, by 
the ineffably beautiful example of His life, by the fulfillment 
of all the prophecies, by His resurrection through His own 
power — all of which are sufficiently proved by the Scriptures 
and have been made sufficiently familiar to Catholics 
through the preaching of the Word of God — our Catholic 
men are firmly convinced that Christ was, as He claimed to 
be, the "Son of the Living God. 11 But this firm belief has suf- 
fered to some extent in its expression, owing to the atmos- 


phere of worldliness and materialism which is abroad, and 
the bitter struggle for existence which is the ordinary lot of 
man. By calling upon our men to stand boldly forth as the 
champion of Christ, His specially chosen defenders, the 
doughty figures who see it in every blow directed at the 
Church a blow aimed directly at the Christ, the Holy Name 
Society has succeeded in enlivening the faith of our men. 
There is nothing which a normal man so much loves as a 
fight. He likes to feel that he is trusted, and that he has 
been especially picked out to stand forth as a champion of a 
cause which, whilst surpassingly beautiful in itself, is through 
bigotry and hatred maligned and assailed. If men love to 
fight for their country, the history of the world proves that 
they also like to fight for their religion. And it is precisely 
this martial spirit, this readiness and willingness to take 
Christ's side, to defend Christ's Church which to the aver' 
age red'blooded Catholic constitutes the most powerful ap' 
peal of the Holy Name Society. 

"And when men have assembled in defense of a cause it is 
easy to discipline them. The hundreds and thousands of 
men who have been called to the colors differ on as many 
thousand matters, but when it is a question of conforming to 
military rules in order to insure military success, they are 
ready to undergo any hardships, to make any personal sacri' 
fices. And so, too, when our Catholic men are enrolled in 
the Holy Name Society to defend and vindicate Christ's 
honor and divinity, it is easy to bring them regularly to the 
Sacraments, since this is, as it were, a part of the military 
duty which they must render the 'Incomparable Captain' of 
their souls. It is a marvel to the world how easily the Holy 
Name Society draws thousands upon thousands of men 
monthly to the Communion rails; and the blessings resulting 


from it are noticeable, not only in the home and the work- 
shop, but in civic life as well. Now, it would be impossible, 
humanly speaking, to lead such countless numbers of men 
to the Eucharistic table monthly unless the spark of faith 
in Christ smouldering in each individual soul had been fanned 
into a powerful flame. This awakening of faith in Christ, 
and love for Him and for His Church, by means of the Holy 
Name Society, has made it possible for the life of grace to 
grow through the operation of the Sacraments. 

"It is for this lofty reason, then, that the Holy Name So- 
ciety has a noble and lofty mission to perform in our country 
today. If faith is always necessary to salvation, its manifesta' 
tion today is doubly necessary, not only because these are 
trying times, but also because our age has once more turned 
its face towards the eternal hills, seeking to find Him who 
stands thereon, preaching words of life and light and right- 
eousness. Many, indeed, in search of faith have turned in 
the wrong direction, or have listened to the voice of those 
who, profiting by the need which men feel for religion today, 
have for their own reasons or perhaps advantage preached 
false doctrines. But the Holy Name Society, with its legions 
of men, has turned directly to the Christ, promising that it 
will accept and defend His Word, which cannot pass away, 
and practice His religion, in which there is salvation. " 

The Society for the past nine years was under the direc- 
tion of Reverend F. X. Harnischmacher. Since a month ago 
because of the transfer of their spiritual director the new ap- 
pointment placed Reverend Jos. Gehrig in command. There 
is no question that the Holy Name Society's season of pros- 
perity has dawned. That year by year this nationally known 
organization increases its membership and realizes to a greater 
extent the purpose of its institution. 


ery early in the administrations of Reverend 
Clement Venn a young ladies' sodality was 
founded and known as "St. Rose Young 
Ladies' Sodality." During the time of Father 
Venn the young ladies were assembled in 
church one Sunday afternoon of every 
month to listen to the practical counsel of 
their spiritual advisor. They were united 
for that purpose only and had no social object. This organ- 
ization continued to exist until May 29th, 1898, when the 
society was reorganized under the name of "Marianische 
Jungfrauen Sodalitaet." 

The new organization had as its prime mover Father 
Meyers. He was very much interested in his charge and 
wrote to the old country for the program of reception. On 
the eventful night of May 29th, 1898, the young ladies were 
solemnly received into the new organization. The young 
ladies who met in the school, dressed in white, and with 
candle in their hand awaited the coming of their Spiritual 
Director to bid them proceed to the church. At the appointed 
time Rev. Albert Evers, Rev. F. A. Rempe, and Reverend J. 
Meyers preceded by the cross bearer and some fifty altar boys 
in van-colored cassocks entered the school and the line of 
march, including the candidates for the Young Ladies' Sodal- 
ity, proceeded to wend its way to the church. Then fol- 
lowed the solemn reception. Because only one copy of this 
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it made upon the young ladies we herewith insert the order 
of program in full. 

1. Anrufung des HI. Geistes. 

Es wird gesungen: "Veni Creator Spiritus," oder "Komm Schoep- 
fer Geist," komm kehre ein in unser Herz, wir sind ja dein. Be- 
reichere mit deiner Gnad, uns, die dein wort erschaffen hat." 

Praeses: Komm HI. Geist, erfuelle die Herzen Deiner Glaubigen 
und entzuende in ihnen das Feuer Deiner Liebe; der Du die Voelker 
aller Zungen zur Einigkeit des Glaubens versammelt hast. 

V.: Sende uns Deinen Geist und alles wird neu geschaffen. 

R.: Und Du wirst das Antlitz der Erde erneuern. 

Last uns Beten: O Gott, der Du die Herzen der Glaubigen durch 
die Erleuchtung des HI. Geistes gelehrt hast, gib dass wir in demsel- 
ben Geiste das Rechte erkennen und Seines Trostes uns allezeit 
erfreuen moegen. Durch Christum unsern Herrn. 

R.: Amen. 

2. Anrede. 

3. Medallienweihe: 

V.: Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domine. 

R.: Qui fecit coelum et terram. 

V.: Domine exaudi orationem meam. 

R.: Et clamor meus ad te veniat. 

V.: Dominus vobiscum. Rt.: Et cum spiritu tuo. 

Ormeus: Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui sanctorum tuorum 
effigies sculpi aut pingi non reproba, ut quoties illas oculis corporis 
intuemur, toties eorum actus et sanctitatem ad imitandem memoriae 
oculus meditemur; has quasumus imagines, in memoriam beatissimae 
virginis Mariae, matres Domini nostri Jesu Christi adaptatas, bene- 
dicere et sanctificare digne is, et praesta ut quicumque corram illis 
beatissimam Virginem supliciter colere et honorare studerit, illius 
meritis obtentu a te gratiam in praesenti et aeternam gloriam ob- 
tineat in futurum. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R.: Amen. 

Deinde Aspergat aqua benedicta. 

Waehrend dessen wird ein Marienlied gesungen, und werden die 
Kerzen angezuendet und den Aufzunehmenden eingehaendigt. 


4. Nach der Medallienweihe wendet sich der Praeses zu den Auf' 
zunehmenden. Die Praefectin tritt vor und spricht zu ihm: Hoch' 
wuerdiger Vater! beseelt von dem Wunsche, in der Andacht zu 
Maria zuzunehmen und auch andere dazu aufzumuntern, bitten in 
unsere Congregation aufgenommen zu werden folgende Aspirantin- 
nen: N.N. 

Praeses: Mit der groesten Freude vernehme ich euren Wunsch. 
Um uns aber von dessen Aufrichtigkeit vollstaendig zu ueberzeugen, 
so antwortet mit deutlicher Stimme auf meine Fragen- Verlanget 
ihr wirklich in die Congregation der allerseligsten Jungfrau Maria 
aufgenommen zu werden, um in derselben dem dienste unsers Herrn 
Jesu Christi und Seiner glorreichen Mutter euch zu weihen? 

Antw.: Ja, wir verlangen es von ganzem Herzen. 

Pr. : Wollt ihr euch aufrichtig bemuehen in der Congregation 
durch euere Andacht den Tugendeifer, durch euere Friedfertigkeit 
die gegenseitige Liebe, durch euer gutes Beispiel die Erbauung des 
Naechsten zu beforden? 

Antw. : Ja, dies wollen wir. 

Pr. : Versprechet ihr die Regeln und Satzungen der Congregation 
wie ihr sie habt kennen gelehrnt, gewissenhaft zu befolgen? 

Antw.: Ja, das versprechen wir. 

Pr.: Und wie lange wollt ihr euch durch dieses Versprechen bin' 

Antw.: Wir wollen es halten auf immer. 

Pr.: Nun denn da ihr ernstlich entschlossen seid Gott und der 
Allerseligsten Jungfrau in dieser Congregation zu dienen, no nehme 
ich euch gerne in die Zahl der Mitglieder auf. Da dieser Verein 
den Zweck hat auf eine ganz besondere Weise die allerseligste Jung' 
frau und Gottesmutter zu ehren und nach wahrer, gruendlicher 
Tugend zu streben so leget nun feierlich im angesichte der Congre- 
gation eure Versprechung zu den Fuessen Mariens nieder: Erneuert 
das Taufgeluebde, das ihr damahls gemacht, als ihr durch die HI. 
Taufe Kinder Gottes und der Kirche wurdet; betet dann den Wei- 
heackt, wodurch ihr euch jetz der hi. Gottesmutter als Kinder ueber- 

Erneuert das Taufgeluebte: Eine der Aufzunehmenden betet laut 
vor: die andern beten still mit: O Gott, ich danke Dir das Du mich 


durch die hi. Taufe su einem Kinde Deiner Gnade aufgenommen, 
und Dich Gnaedig herab gelassen hast, einen Bund mit mir einzu- 
gehen. Es tut mir leid, das ich diesen Bund bis-her so schlecht ge- 
hallten habe. Von nun an will ich mit Deiner Gnade besser darauf 
acht geben, darum erneuere ich ihn hier vor Dir und vor dem ganzen 
Himmel: Ich wiedersage dem Teufel und aller seinen Pracht und 
alien seinen Werken. 

Das Glaubensbekenntniss follgt. Ich Glaube, u. s. w. 

Ich glaube fest, unbezweifelt, und ohne Ausnahme alles, was die 
HI. Roemischkatholische Kirche lehrt und zu glauben vorstellt, weil 
Christus der Herr ihr den HI. Geist gegeben und versprochen hat 
ewig bei ihr zu bleiben. Diesen wahren, katholischen, alleinselig- 
machden Glauben will ich mit der Gnade Gottes immer unwandel- 
bar und unverletzt halten bis an mein seliges Ende. Auch will ich, 
so viel in mir ist, alien Fleiss anwenden, dass dieser Glaube von 
meinem Untergebenen, oder von denen, die meiner Obsorge anver- 
traut sind, so gehalten und befolgt werde. 

All zusammen laut und langsam: Dieses verspreche, gelobe und 
beschwoere ich so wahr mir Gott helfe und Sein hi. Evangelium. 

Praeses: Betet nun den Weiheact: 

Heilige Maria, Mutter Gottes and Jungfrau! Ich erwaehle Dich 
heute, zu meiner Gebieterin, Beschuetzerin und Fuersprecherin, und 
nehme mir fest vor, Dich nie zu verlassen, nie etwas gegen Sie zu 
sagen, oder zu thun, noch zuzlassen, dass von meinen Untergebenen, 
je etwas wieder Deine Ehre geschehe. Ich bitte dich daher, nimm 
mich an zu deiner Dienerin auf ewig, stehe mir bei in meinen hand- 
lungen, und verlass mich nicht in der Stunde meines Todes. Amen. 
(Die Kertzen werden geloescht und abgegeben.) 

5. Aufnahme. Der Praeses reicht jeder Enzelnen die geweihte 
Medaille dar, die ihr dann als bald die Praefectin umhaengt, und 
spricht dabei: Accipe signum, etc. (Darauf spricht er zu ihnen 
gewendet: Zur groessern Ehre Gottes, zur verherrlichung der aller' 
seligsten Jungfrau Maria, zum geistlichen Wohle dieser Congrega- 
tion und kraft der Gewalt welche mir der h. Vater anvertraut hat, 
nehme ich euch auf in die Zahl der Mitglieder unserer Congregation 
welche unter dem Titel N.N. hierselbst errichtet ist, und mache euch 
theilhaftig aller Gnaden und Vortheile, aller Priviligien und Ab- 


laesse, welche der H. Stuhl verliehen hat. Im Namen des Vaters 
und des Sohnes und des H. Geistes. Amen. Jesus Christus nehme 
euch auf zu Mitgliedern der Congregation und zu Seinen Dienerin- 
nen. Er gebe euch Zeit zum guten Leben, gelegenheit um gutes 
zu wirken, standthaftigt um im guten zu beharren und zur Erbschaft 
des ewigen lebens zur erlangen; und wie die schwesterliche Liebe 
auch heute geistig vereinigt hier auf Erden, so moege Seine goett- 
liche Guete, welche die Urheberin und Foerderin der H. Liebe ist, 
uns mit alien Seinen Getreuen vereinigen im Himmel. Durch den- 
selben Jesum Christum unsern Herrn. Amen. 
6. Schluss. Magnificat. 

A Group at the Young Ladies' Sodality Picnic, 1914 

Top Row: Anna Rink, Nic. Rauly, May Stroh, H. Jarding, Susie Dauss, 
J. Zierski, A. Korthals, Cath. Dauss. 

Second Row: Father Adams, Anna Buntrock. C. Fiedler, Alma Donv 
browski, M. Korthals, L. Schommer, M. Goebel. Agnes Radzinski, P. Spenner. 

Third Row: P. Kneppers, C. Korthals, J. Skokna, Tillie Pawletzki, Lot- 
tie Dombrowski, C. Koob. 

Bottom Row: Tony Kunza. C. Zappen. J. Migalla. E. Hesser. Ed. Rice, 
M. Zblewski, N. Jarding, F. Schroeder. 



The following were admitted into the 

Elizabeth Schlitt 
Mary Frey 
Elizabeth Demes 
Mary Demes 
Magdaline Hasterok 
Catherine Tichelaar 
Anna Fensterle 
Rosalia Marino 

Julia Dormeger 
Rosa Orzada 
Catherine Dernbach 
Mary Teschke 
Clotilda Scholl 
Rose Kiesling 
Gertrude Mees 
Catherine Mees 

Mathilda Grzegowski Mary Behrendt 
Florentine Burkowski Anna Malkowski 
Rose Barski 

Mary Stengel 
Frances Golly 
Bertha Graf 
Anna Liskowski 
Helen Schabelski 
Helen Wruck 
Augusta Kowalski 
Rose Behrendt 
Rose Zopping 
Mary Skorezewski 
Louise Jolia 
Honoria Weisgarber 
Catherine Naber 

Anna Stege 
Margaret Brod 
Pauline Duhra 
Anna Pfister 
Adelaide Tichelaar 
Martha Manchnik 
Mary Orzada 
Caroline Mueller 
Rose Bujok 
Mary Jakobofski 
Teresa Borlek 
Mary Kugnefski 
Johanna Kunkel 

society at that time- 
Valeria Bartodjiej 
Valeria Vasielski 
Martha Mollek 
Teresa Schwarz 
Rose Bauer 
Margareth Braun 
Martha Rominski 
Elizabeth Uhlmann 
Anna Koslik 
Emelia Landkamer 
Martha Pischke 
Mary Kolle 
Frances Behrendt 
Mary Behrendt 
Patronilla Kuegers 
Teresa Schenke 
Margaret Brod 
Elizabeth Ellert 
Pauline Krausse 
Margaret Bortkowski 
Anna Fiedler 
Margareth Henning 
Bertha Henning 

The first officers of this newly organized society were Mar- 
garet Brod, president; Teresa Schwarz;, secretary; Mary 
Orzada, treasurer. 

One little incident of a play "Our Lady of Lourdes" must 
be recalled for its uniqueness. The blessed Virgin was to 
appear on the stage during one of the scenes. To bring about 
the effect of apparition Father Meyer put Her statue on a 
little cart and at the appointed time drew the cart by string 
across the stage. We must credit, however, Father Meyer 

Eleanor Meyer, Secretary of Young 
Ladies' Sodality 

Florence Krause, President, Young 
Ladies* Sodality 

Helen Schommer, Treasurer, Younj 
Ladies" Sodality 

Loretta Schommer, Past President, 
Young Ladies' Sodality 



for the interest he displayed in all Young Ladies affairs. He 
would paint scenery, be the stage carpenter, and engage in 
any other useful occupation that was to aid the good of the 
cause. He was a faithful, good and pious man and the size of 
his sodality demonstrates the cooperation he received. 

Six years later, Father Joseph Adams controlled the desti- 
nies of the young folks at St. Boniface. He was a good mixer 
and a jolly entertainer and above all loved the great outdoors. 
The picnic photo of 1914 shows the jolly group of merry 
makers with Father Joseph Adams right on the job. 

The Young Ladies were indeed always fortunate in the 
selection of their officers. Their presidents were real honest' 
to-goodness workers. A fine group of characters is sketched 
for us in the work that they acomplished: — Gertrude Mees, 
Constance Korthals, Anna Kriese, Elizabeth Hesser, Loretta 
Schommer, Mabel Krejci, and Florence Krause. All of these 
young ladies 1 names ring in our ears with the music of grand 
success. They bring before us a glittering, colorful pageant. 
To be enshrined in history as the symbol of work is no mean 
fate. If we know nothing more of them than their success, 
that impression alone created deserves our lasting gratitude. 
But these gracious young ladies bearing their generous gift 
of capability to their sodalists, were no mere figure-heads of 
the sodality, no mere picture ladies, with a glory built upon 
the accomplishment of a day and passing away with it. Their 
gold and precious stones were symbols of truer riches, riches 
of the heart and mind. Father Joseph Gehrig conducts their 
meeting and conferences in their spacious and beautiful 
wicker furnished clubroom. There is every indication that 
the Sodality under his guidance will continue to increase its 
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he society of youth in the church is looked 
upon as a form of higher education. Many 
cannot avail themselves of academic or col' 
legiate education for whom the society is a 
substitute as far, at least, as moral training is 
concerned. Even those, whom fortune of 
father and mother have blessed by the op' 
portunity of higher studies can derive untold 
benefits with association of good moral youth. Education 
must not make youth clever alone, but good. What the 
world needs and wants is men, grown in purity and mature 
in intellect, rightly trained men, capable of assuming posi- 
tions in life which calls for moral courage. Moulded, solid, 
virile men our societies are equipped to produce. Feminine 
men with silly ideas, a giddy character, and unmanly attitude, 
who may be led to and fro, cannot survive in a well organ' 
ized young men's society. The main thing after all is the 
formation of character by moulding the will of men, who will 
remain as firm in the world as the everlasting oaks in the 

Let it be remembered that right doing far exceeds in merit 
right thinking. We want men who will love the truth, 
uphold the truth, and sometimes amidst the contempt and sar' 
casm of poor mortals; men of conviction and obedient to 
conscience, and men imbued with high and legitimate ambi' 
tion and not left to squander in self gratification their heredi- 
tary or acquired means. We want the societies to form men 
who will shape the opinion, sentiments and conduct of others. 



Societies give us staunch leaders in good, in social life, who 
will condemn lax models. What is needed in the world is 
moral courage, strict honesty not purchased or sold influence. 
The purity of youth, profound respect of God's law, rever- 
ence for others is what we want and what we will obtain 
through our societies. 

This was the conviction of the leaders in the church one- 
half century ago. Therefore, so many church organizations 
sprung into existence. Young men societies were founded 
with all the other church societies almost as immediately as 
the parish was established. It was considered a necessary 
adjunct to the equipment of a rightly conducted parish. So- 
cieties here and everywhere naturally kept the flock together. 
It made for unity and strength. 

The Saint Bonifacius Juenglings-Verein was the first or- 
ganized young men's society in St. Boniface parish. The 
date of organization is not known, but it can be safely pre- 
sumed that the organization had its being during Father 
Clement Venn's time. The year can be quite accurately 
conjectured to have been 1875. Father Venn had formed 
a number of societies during his time and all of them date 
back to almost the beginning of his administrations in the 
parish. For this reason, it is conjectured, that the first young 
men's society was established about the time as were the 
others. There have been no records available to aid us in 
describing their work. The first data of young men's activ- 
ity comes to us under the caption of St. Raphael Young 
Men's Sodality. 

The St. Raphael Young Men's Sodality was organized by 
the Reverend Francis A. Rempe in the year 1897. The or- 
ganizers as recorded were: Julius Weske, Frank Stahl, Paul 
Juhnke, August Aissen, Joseph Redlinger, John Groh, 


William Schmidt, and Paul Schwartz. All the aforemen- 
tioned men worked in their spare time building and furnish- 
ing the club room. The favored form of sports was 
checkers, chess and billiards. Athletics had not at this early 
date made much an inroad upon the amusement of youth. 
They, it seems, were content with the great Napoleonic game 
of chess. Many a game was played of an hour's duration. 
In fact, the club became the rendevouz of chess and checker 
sharks one of whom, Bruno A. Csaikowski, has attained 
fame, numbering not only among the members of the Chi- 
cago City Chess League, but among its officers. He is their 
secretary and treasurer. Sometime ago, an occasion arose to 
address this gentleman by mail for the purpose of discover- 
ing data of the early St. Raphael's Sodality. Part of the 
reply can be given here: "In regards to your letter I must 
admit that I certainly enjoyed my boyhood days at St. Boni- 
face. All credit goes to Monsignor Francis A. Rempe for 
the success I thus far attained. He it was who taught me my 
first moves in chess. The game has since then been my favor' 
ite pastime and recreation. I am pleased to call, so as to be- 
come better acquainted with your wishes and desires. Will 
give you a ring for an appointment. Assuring you of my 
heartiest support and best wishes, I remain, yours very truly, 
(Signed) Bruno A. Czaikowski." 

It indeed was a great satisfaction to receive a letter of such 
content from a former member of St. Raphael's Sodality. 
Twenty-three years had passed, but the days of youth had 
not been forgotten. What an instrument for good are the 
church societies! Father Rempe also was engaged in his 
days in giving a popular course in philosophy to the young 
men. Paul Juhnke excelled in this field of endeavor and 
learning. He was always anxious to know about the ab- 


stract. His brother, Leo Juhnke, had varied occupations. 
Blessed with a good voice he became engaged in choir activ- 
ity. That, of course, says a great deal, in view of the fact 
that it was a mixed choir. But his girl friends of yesterday 
all agreed that he was a bashful lover. Today, he is a well 
known physician on the north side. 

"Major Andre" was one of the many stage productions of 
the time. It was the one which commanded the most atten- 
tion, not alone in the parish in the demand for a second and 
third performance, but also on the outside w T ith requests 
for performance. John Grzybow T ski excelled as Lord Clinton. 
John was the leading man in most of the dramas of his day. 
Judging from the applause that greeted him in those days his 
presentation was always a pronounced "hit." The best 
words of praise to John and the cast of characters in the play 
"Major Andre" is to say: "He was a particularly brilliant 
gem in a diadem of gems." Because of the decided hit this 
selection made we have, for history sake, thought well to 
preserve a record of the entire cast in costume, and therefore, 
have inserted the photo. At that time the boys probably 
never thought they were making history, but they were. 
Herein is contained the moral: "What is worth doing at all 
is worth doing well." Refreshments were sold during the 
intermissions, and the informant added, at any other time. 
The waiters on these occasions, members of the Sodality, 
were on a commission basis of ten per cent on the dollar. 
Their recollection is that business was good. 

There had been more or less oposition at that time to 
dances, but the boys having made good in dramatics, desired 
very much to hold a dance. After convincing Father F. A. 
Rempe that it was a perfectly legitimate form of amusement, 
consent was obtained. Julius Weske was prefect, or presi- 


dent, at the time. William Schmidt was recording secretary 
and placed in charge of the arrangements. We talk about 
our boys of today as "sheiks," but these boys of yesterday 
were real "ritzy." The dance was held in Schoenhofen's 
Hall. A canopy was raised from the sidewalk's curb to the 
entrance. A beautiful green "runner" covered the stairs 
from the first to the third floors. Palms, procured from the 
Angel Guardian florist, ornamented the hall. It was a 
veritable palm garden. The approximate receipts were three 
hundred and fifty dollars net. It was a very exclusive invita- 
tion affair with entrance fee at fifty cents a couple. Refresh' 
ments were served and at no time did the party lack in inter- 
est and enjoyment. It may appropriately be added that the 
assembly dispersed at four in the morning, the water mark 
for the musicians. After that time, they charged a dollar 

While at these parties they served beer, they were very 
orderly conducted. After all, the abuse of anything is ob- 
jectionable. To do away with the thing itself because of the 
abuse is misapplied logic and could not be enforced in every 
instance. Moral training which teaches the adherence and 
respect of right and the deterance from all that is wrong, 
naturally speaking, is good sound logic. Self-control is master 
of the entire situation which these early settlers surely always 

In the year 1906 the Sodality was under leadership of Leo 
A. Schuenemann. Leo was a descendant of one of the first 
parishioners active in the building program of St. Boniface. 
He, like his father, was enthused in all church affairs. Be- 
sides, his interest in church affairs, he possessed ideals of 
indoor sportsmanship. These he experimented with in the 
St. Raphael Sodality. One of his first moves was the installa- 



tion of a bowling alley in the basement of the school. It was 
the only alley about the premises but it was kept hot by an 
almost twentyfour hours day of play. After the season of 
regular bowling had reached its end a few weeks of tourna' 

St. Raphael Young Men's Sodality 

ment was inaugurated. Within a few years' time the six 
choice bowlers of the St. Raphael's Sodality won the cham' 
pionship of the Diocesan Union Bowling League. The 
players named on the pennant are: William Schmidt, Henry 


Lenter, Andrew Korthals, M. Gets, Albert Sprengel and 
Leo A. Schuenemann, captain. 

Mention of the Diocesan Union makes a word of descrip- 
tion imperative. The Diocesan Union was founded in Saint 
Francis Assissi parish by the Reverend Fathers Goldschmidt 
and Haarth. The purpose of the organisation was the affilia- 
tion of all young men societies. Yearly conventions were 
held at one of the parishes affiliated with the Diocesan Union. 
The parishes selected for these conventions would become 
the host and all expenses would be met by them. The idea 
was a very good one. It brought the young men into contact 
with one another from all over the city. Their acquaintance 
and association brought about an enlightened and broad 
vision. It was really an education in itself. Besides the 
yearly conventions they went camping during the summer 
months and the members of these camping tours still recall 
with joy their many happy experiences. The founders of 
the Diocesan Union can be congratulated since the spirit it 
instilled into the boys still lives with them although the organ- 
isation is no longer in existence. 

The St. Raphael old timers under Leo's realm can recall 
the wonderful dramatic efforts that were made. It is indeed 
surprising that from the talented dramatic exhibitions which 
were a regular occurrence, no one was ever lured because 
of success attained to the bright lights of Hollywood. The 
surprise develops into another form of exclamation because 
of the sudden betrothal of the cast of characters. Quite 
natural, indeed, for the young maidens to become enraptured 
with the manly splendor of the debutant. Leo and his group 
of officers embarked on the sea of matrimony with only 
pleasing memories to recall of the days of St. Raphael Y. M. 
S. But those memories are worth while since it actuated 


Jack Reisel 

Edward Witt 

these old timers to act on a committee for the arrangement of 
the Diamond Jubilee of the parish. 

John L. Reisel became the successor of Leo A. Schuene- 
mann. A crucial period in the organization had arrived. 
The cooperation so much in evidence during Leo's time de- 
veloped into a real follow the leader when two by two and 
three by three the members had taken to themselves the 
obligation of founding a home. The membership had 
dwindled down considerably. President John L. Reisel and 
his staff of officers had to exert every effort and energy in 
soliciting new members. 

The membership had dwindled down to just thirteen in 
1916 when Joseph Skokna was elected to the presidency. 
These thirteen had vowed to keep up the work of John L. 
Reisel in an effort to increase the membership of the club. 
Within two years their efforts were crowned with success. 
The society had increased its membership to fifty-five. 




Fred Honikel 

Joseph Brod 

During the years of 1917 and 1918 Uncle Sam threatened 

to play havoc with the Sodality. A number of young men 

enlisted in the military service of the country, while others 

were drafted to serve Uncle Sam's needs. The following 

members joined the colors: 

Lieutenant Rev, Henry Retziek, Camp Pike, Arkansas, 8th 
Division, Chaplain. 

John Fensterle, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. B, 344 Inf. 

Corporal Mike Laux, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas. 

Corporal Alois Wise, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. A, 
344 Inf. 

Henry Tocki, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. M, 343 Inf. 

John J. Stieber, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas, Medical De- 
partment, Co. 129. 

Michael Gabriel, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. B, 344 Inf. 

Andrew Freyewski, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. B, 344 


Stanley Plantin, Fort Crook, Nebr., Co. B, 344 Inf. 

Corp. John Hesser, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. J, 343 

Charles Schmitt, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., Co. N, 343 

John Balousek, Globe, Arizona, 1 7 Cavalry, Troop K. 

Frank Schwakowski, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas. 

Nicholas J. Downey, Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss., Hdq. 
Co., 4th F. A. 

John Gratia, New York, N. Y., 1st Section, 7th Division, 

Frank J. Zick, Presidio, Cal., 62nd Regiment, Battery C. 

Mathias Schons, Camp Devens, Mass., Co. B, 602 Eng. 
Bat. 3, 302 F. A. 

Sergeant Geo. P. Rauscher, Training Camp Co., Jackson- 
ville, Fla. 

Sergeant Carl Krause, Co. L, 343 Inf., Camp Grant, Rock- 
ford, 111. 

Wm. J. Murphy, Camp Dodge, De Moines, Iowa, Base Hos- 
pital, Unit 11. 

Joseph Migalla, Portland, Maine, Fort Leavitt, Co. 29, C. 
A. C. 

Andrew Schruder, Camp Stuart, Newport News, Virginia. 

Joseph Skokna, Jefferson Barracks, Camp Fremont, Cali- 

Henry Jarding, U. S. Naval Training Camp, Puget Sound, 

William Kahnke, enlisted in the Navy. 

John Arnoldi, Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Alfred Stroh, United States Naval Reserve Force. 

Carl Bors, Marines, Paris Island, S. C. 


Frank Migala 

Joseph Becker 

Among the number of enlisted boys was the president, 
Joseph Skokna. The club gossip in the June Calendar, 1918, 
reads as follows: "We wish to announce that our President, 
Joseph Skokna (popularly known as 'Scotty) has joined 
the colors. He left for Jefferson Barracks on April 26th, 
1918, and has since been sent to Camp Fremont, California. 

"Scotty became a member of the Club in its primitive days, 
at the time when its headquarters were nothing but a respect- 
able 'hang out. 1 While the club was reorganized practically 
every year, it was with different success. Finally in Septeiri' 
ber, 1916, when all hope seemed lost, Scotty stepped into the 
president's chair. He was a man of action, patient, cautious, 
not knowing the meaning of the word defeat. Determined to 
make the club a success, he let nothing interfere with that 
ambition, and he surely accomplished his purpose. Never in 
the history of St. Raphael's Club did we have a president 
who succeeded in securing the cooperation and good will of 



his fellow-members as did Scotty. Enthusiastic and high- 
purposed, he inspired others, and many a mother has been 
made happy by the knowledge that her boy was spending 
most of his spare time at the club, enjoying clean and healthy 
sports in safe surroundings. 

"While Scotty has left us the spirit aroused by him will 
remain with us, and with such a spirit the club is bound to 

Anton Kuma 

go upward and forward. We know that Uncle Sam will 
have no more loyal soldier than our Scotty. Our prayers 
follow him with the hope that he may come back to us soon, 
covered with glory, and as proud of us as we are of him. 

"Mr. Anton Kunza, our worthy vice-president, is well 
qualified to head the club during the absence of President 
Skokna. Anton is still one of the pioneer members whose 


active work in the past makes us confident that he will keep 
up the present high standard of St. Raphael's. " 

Anton Kunza was a real fellow, who inspite of the world 
war made prosperous advances for the St. Raphael Sodality. 
He introduced all sorts of athletics. Boxing was a favorable 
winter pastime. An account of a sociable bout on Monday, 
February 10th, makes known the contestants and the cham- 
pion. ' 'Goggles' ' and Frank He welt were the two engaged 
in the battle for supremacy. Two rounds were sufficient to 
send "Goggles" arcanim' in the "milky way." Although it 
was said that he had a horseshoe in his glove, he found no 
opportunity to make use of it. 

During the summer of 1919 the St. Raphaels had an able 
nine represent them in the field of national sport. They 
entered the National Catholic Baseball League. Every play 
day found a large group of members and friends of St. 
Raphaels rooting for their home team. The season ended 
with the Raphaels in fifth place. 

This fifth place did not discourage the Raphaels by any 
means. For the following year they entered with the hope 
of carrying away the pennant. But no such luck! The sea' 
son's close found them in third place. 

The interest in the national sport brought about an almost 
unbelievable increase in membership. It became necessary 
to enlarge the club room. The renovating of the club room 
began immediately after the close of the 1920 baseball sea- 
son. After weeks of work the members had a fully equipped 
gymnasium. A shower room was also installed for the use 
of the members. These improvements were incentives for 
prospective members. 

The nineteen hundred and twenty-one season had been 

Andrew Kotlare, Past President, 
Young Men's Sodality 

Anthony Schlieben, Baseball Man- 
ager, Young Men's Sodality 

Joseph Cetner. President, Young 
Men's Sodality 



ushered in with great pomp and glory. More enthusiasm 
was displayed this year than ever before. The many new 
members who had joined gave the committee a large choice 
of selection. The following team was selected: C. Stermer, 
captain; H. Barth, J. Fruga, J. Janowski, J. Kodowski, B. 
Orzada, P. Palubecke, B. Simunich, C. Spera, F. Zeman. 
These men were sent on the field to make history. They did. 
For every game was a victory. At the close of the season, 
the season of championship games accredited them with the 
title of Champions. They received trophies from the Na' 
tional Catholic Athletic Association and the city. 

It seemed that the year nineteen hundred and twentyone 
had capped the climax for the following year lagged in 
enthusiasm and interest. Some of the members had migrated 
to other parts of the city and others had taken to themselves 
partners for life. 

For practically four years Anton Kunsa controlled the des' 
tinies of the St. Raphael's and and in his hands these destinies 
rested well. Anton was a power. He bent himself to the 
task of building up the society. He conquered youth and 
made them interested and enthused in the Sodality's welfare. 
He who knows all that has led up to Anton Kunsa's con' 
quests and success has little left to learn of human annals. 
Tony was well liked and respected by all. Certainly Anton 
Kunsa has always stood as the symbol of strength for his 
fellowmen. No wonder that his faithful followers treasured 
his words and example. Through four years of strife that 
our nation endured during Anton Kunzia's administration of 
office, he endeavored to bring about in his own way peace 
and harmony on earth. Everyone will admit, who knew 
Tony, that he succeeded admirably well. He goes down in 


history of the Sodality as a hero in his generation and in the 
Annals of the parish as a good, faithful, sincere gentleman. 

In 1922 and 1923 Ray Bredel held the reigns of the society 
as successor of the able Tony Kunza. Every attempt was 
made by the president and his group of officers to almost 
force initiative of the members into action. But there was a 
certain apathy which seems could not be overcome. 

The latter part of the year, December, 1923, Reverend F. 
L. Kalvelage received his appointment to St. Boniface Church 
to fill the vacancy caused by the transfer of Father Schmidt 
to the pastorate of Round Lake. The new curate was as- 
asigned his duty of advisor of the young men. Within six 
weeks of his assignment a play, "Cousin Gene," was rendered 
with remarkable success. It was "pulled off" so quickly that 
many of the boys did not have time to cooperate in the under- 
taking. This sort of leadership was misunderstood, and a 
faction of opposition arose. 

For practically five months after the successful entertain- 
ment every suggestion of Father Kalvelage was waylaid and 
not given any consideration. Not accustomed to such con- 
duct, the moderator, Father Kalvelage, determined upon a 
course of action, but only after having given much thought 
to the question at hand. At that time, the daily press 
heralded the close of soft drink parlors which had violated 
the federal prohibition act. These so frequent captions at- 
tracted the attention of Father Kalvelage until he thought 
well to close the club room. The day after the regular meet 
ing in June, 1924, saw Father Kalvelage in the roll of law 
enforcer. The club room was locked and sealed and a little 
note tacked to the outside of the door bore this information: 
"Closed indefinitely." The members were gathered together 



quickly in protest against the injunction. But to no avail, 
unless they would consider his leadership and abide by his 
regulations. Within a month all things had been satisfac 
torily arranged and the society was again functioning. 

Alex Kahler, a youth of nineteen summers, was the prime 
mover in bringing order out of chaos. He deserves great 

Alex Kahler 

credit for the gentlemanliness in which all things were con' 
ducted to friendly settlement. His work has not been for' 
gotten. Today he merits the highest esteem of his fellows. 
Alex is not only an arbiter of disputes but a real hustler when 
it comes to the disposition of tickets for social events. He 
never aspired to office, but is in fact a great leader. 


The first president under the settlement agreement was 
Andrew Kotlare. During his administration the entire club 
room was cleaned and painted. The single shower was re' 
moved from its place in the comer of the club room and a 
special room designated wherein four showers and a wash' 
stand were erected. 

Stanley Walkowiak succeeded Andrew Kotlare to the 
presidency. A new rule had become effective after the reor- 
ganization: "No officer could succeed himself." And so, 
Andrew Kotlare could not lead the organization a second 
year although he had accomplished much during his term of 
office. Stanley Walkowiak was a real wide-awake full-of- 
action officer. During his administration the club room was 
completely renovated. A complete meeting outfit was in- 
stalled, an archway dividing the pool and amusement room 
lrom the parlor. All tables and chairs were removed and 
in their stead settees were placed, eight sets. At the close of 
Stanley Walkowiak's administration in 1925 the financial re- 
port from the time of the organization, July, 1924, until De- 
cember, 1925, showed an expenditure of $2,417.85 on 

Joseph Cetner had succeeded Stanley Walkowiak to the 
presidency. He at once set out to renovate the church base- 
ment and install therein electric lights. The forepart of the 
church basement was always partitioned off but was only 
used as a storeroom. Out of this room they made an office. 
The cement was covered by a wooden floor. All this im- 
provement cost was met by the Y. M. S. treasury. The 
office furniture excepted. The boys interested themselves in 
the boy scouts and sponsored the scout movement in the 
parish. Thus ends a chapter of youthful accomplishment, 
but accomplishment nevertheless. 


herever one travels one will meet with dan- 
ger signals. Wise people profit by these sig- 
nals to keep away from the spots so marked. 
On land danger signals are placed near un- 
safe bridges, cave-ins, ditches, excavations 
for building, etc. On water one will find 
danger signals in shallow waters, where 
rocks are near the water surface and along 
dangerous cliffs. Such danger signals are warning to keep 
away. If one does suffer one has but one's self to blame. The 
signal is there and it is visible for everyone. This embodies 
the sole purpose of the Children of Mary. The organization 
is bent upon giving a course of moral education, which is so 
necessary for right living. 

The Church has ever had for her object the giving of her 
best blood and treasure to all nations and open the door of 
secular, as well as of divine knowledge, to mankind. In her 
generous work of God she abandons all her claims to the grati- 
tude of the world and wipes out even the memory of all she 
has done for it. The Church is out first and foremost for the 
doctrine of Christ. Could then she remain unmindful of the 
little ones, when, Christ makes His love for these so clear: 
"Suffer the little ones to come unto Me." 

What a grand name for a Sodality? Children of Mary! 
Indeed the Church has always taught her little ones to pro- 
nounce with becoming affection and reverence the name of 
the Redeemer of the World, or thac of Her, upon Whom He 
conferred the inconceivable dignity of being His human 



mother, "Our tainted nature's solitary boast." To be en' 
rolled as Her child is certainly a God sent favor which parents 
readily realize and children are proud of. Besides the good 
moral training this Sodality tenders its members, the gener- 
ous spirit of cooperating and helping to satisfy parish needs 
has been very much pronounced. They have donated a 
stained window to the church and periodically render finan- 
cial assistance. Their more recent history is herewith briefly 

In 1921 the Children of Mary presented "The May 
Queen/ 1 This was a cantata. All worked diligently and 
with the aid of the girls of the school, they cleared $290, 
which were given toward the window in the church. 

The following year, 1922, "Patricia," a drama, was given. 
In this play Florence Hart, as "Patricia" and Elizabeth Le- 
grand as "Octavia" did exceedingly well. We dare not for- 
get to mention that Florence Krause, "Flavia," the leader of 
the slaves, could not have been outdone by any other player. 
The proceeds of this entertainment were used in helping to 
pay for the decoration of the church. 

"The Cost of a Promise" was given the next year. Flor- 
ence Hart again had a prominent part for she was "Kathleen" 
the main character. Although her part was well acted, 
"Granny Gilligan" (Helen Stermer), "Lucy and Alma" 
(Florence Knippen and Teresa Vignola), "Loda and Zola" 
(Mary Jacob and Adeline Gewerth, and Alma's mother 
(Helen Kreyetzcki) were complimented by all. "Topsy" 
(Catherine Proszek) the darky, took the prize. At this en- 
tertainment we realized the wonderful sum of $657. Our 
expenses were $100. Four hundred and fifty dollars were 
given for electric lights in the school and $ 1 00 were kept for 
the new banner. 


During this year the Sodality was separated into two divi- 
sions, seniors and juniors. The girls of the seventh, eighth 
and commercial classes, and those out of school belonging to 
the seniors, and the fifth and sixth grade girls, to the Juniors. 

On December 8th, 1923, our new banner was blessed and 
fifty girls were received into the Sodality as Juniors. 

In February, 1924, we presented "The Blind Princess," a 
drama in five acts. 

The "Blind Princess" (Florence Knippen) did exception' 
ally well and so did "Bernadette" (Elizabeth Proszek). The 
other characters too, did their utmost to make it a success. 
There were two performances for the adults and two 
matinees, one for the children of our school and another for 
the children of other schools. It was a wonderful success, 
for we realized the vast sum of $715. Of this $525 were 
given to our Reverend Pastor to be used for repairs in school, 
$100 toward the College Library at Joliet, and $80 expenses 
for printing. 

In 1925 we determined to raise our amount to $1,000. 
This seemed almost impossible, but we reached our standard 
and even cleared more. One thousand dollars were given to 
the church treasury and $100 toward the scholarship. 

"The Camp-Fire Girls" was the play given in 1925. It 
was well attended the two evenings it was given. And the 
applause of the people gave proof that one and all enjoyed it 
very much and amply rewarded the girls for their hard work. 

Just recently "Rebecca's Triumph" was given by the 
Seniors. It, too, was well attended and proved a grand suc- 
cess. Rebecca and her adopted mother (Helen Mayer and 
Angeline Radakoviu), Mrs. Rokeman (Adeline Budych), 
and Dora (Frances Huettel) had leading parts and rendered 


them exceptionally well, so that some of the older members 
complimented them on their wonderful success. Crazy Meg 
(Reineldis Mathia) deserves praise for the way in which she 
rendered her difficult part. As in former years, so too this 
year, the proceeds were given to the church treasury. 

Besides taking care of the spiritual welfare of the girls, the 
Sodality gives its members many opportunities for social en- 
joyments. Several times during the year the Sodality gives 
Buncos just for the members, at other times they have par- 
ties, such as Installation party, May and Thanksgiving par- 
ties, etc. This year they were favored with a special treat. 
On April 1 6th two busses of happy Sodalists left the school 
for a trip to Joliet, there to enjoy the play given by the girls 
of St. Francis Academy. 

At the opening and closing procession in honor of the 
Blessed Virgin during the month of May, it is the Sodalists 
who have the honor of carrying the statue of Our Blessed 

Every third Sunday of the month the Sodalists receive 
Holy Communion in a body and in the afternoon of the same 
day assemble to recite the Office of the Blessed Virgin and 
hold their monthly meeting. On these occasions besides the 
regular business meeting a surprise social is frequently given. 


Cecilia Waskowski, President 
Anna Teschke, Vice-President 
Barbara Gewerth, Secretary 
Elizabeth Kriese, Treasurer 
Jennie Patteet, Librarian 



Cecilia Waskowski, President 
Cecilia Frey, Vice-President 
Mabel Krejci, Secretary 
Elizabeth Thulke, Treasurer 


Florence Hart, President 
Catherine Proszek, Vice-President 
Florence Knippen, Secretary 
Elizabeth Hart, Treasurer 


Elizabeth Gaffket, President 
Helen Kreyetzske, Vice-President 
Lillian Madden, Secretary- 
Anna Muffoletto, Treasurer 


Lena Legrand, President 
Elizabeth Proszek, Vice-President 
Olive Hart, Secretary 
Mary Jacob, Treasurer 


Rose Gewerth, President 
Elizabeth Proszek, Vice-President 
Julia Kosac, Secretary 
Olive Hart, Treasurer 

Reverend F. L. Kalvelage 
Present Curate at St. Boniface 


St- Boniface Parish 

Diamond Jubilee Celebration 

and Reunion of all present 
and former parishioners 

on Sunday, June 6th, 1926 

at St. Boniface Church 

Cornell and Noble Streets 




Rev. C. A. Rcmpe. Pastor 
Rev. F. L. Kalvelage, General Chairman 


Rev. C. A. Rempe, Chairman 

N. A. Schommer, Toastmaster 

Christ Manheim John Fensterle Dr. Carl Venn 


Rev. F. L. Kalvelage. Chairman 
Leo Schueneman Martin Koop 


Anthony Gabriel 
O. P. Jaeger 
And. L. Korthals 
Theo. Kush 
John Reisel 
Felix Schommer 
George Hochstetter 
Gus Bart 
Ben Fischer 

Rev. Joseph Gehrig, Chairman 
John Puetz 
Joseph Skokna 
Charles Kooh 
Joseph Cetner 
Frank Wiedel 
George Stegmaier 
Mr. John Leschinski 
Al. Barski 
Christ Fiedler 

Peter Meiser 
Anton Kunza 
W. H. Nelles 
Leo P. Plantin 
James Voss 
Alex Kahler 
An new Kotlare 
Anthony Schlieben 


William F. Schmidt, Chairman 
Frank Welch Theodore Rozek 


Anton L. Behrendt. Chairman 
Dr. Leo Juhnke John Behrendt 

Miss Lillian Krueger 
Mrs. M. B. Schwarz 
Miss C. Scholl 
Mrs. F. Marks 
Mrs. A. Fabritz 


Miss Rose Kiessling, Chairman 

Mrs. F. Knippen Miss Constance Korthals 

Mrs. Rose Kuzvnski 
Miss Florence Krause 
Mrs. B. Fischer 
Mrs. T. Kotlenger 

Miss Marcella Korthals 
Mrs. E. Shay 
Miss Frances Demes 
Mrs. Dora Hinterberger 


10 A. M. 

Solemn High Mass 

Rev. C. A. Rempe, Celebrant Rev. Franeis Cichozki, Deacon 

Rev. Arthur F. Terlecke, Subdeacon 

Sermon by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Rempe 


Procession and Benediction of Blessed Sacrament in Eckhardt Park 
Rev. John P. Suerth, Celebrant 

12 Noon 
Banquet in School Hall 

1 P. M. 
Short Talks by Former and Present Priests and Parishioners 

3 P. M. 

Vaudeville Entertainment by Orpheum Circuit Talent 

4:30 P. M. 
Dancing — Music by Van's Orchestra 

6 P. M. 
Buffet Luncheon 

7 P. M. 

Reception — Everybody Invited 

8 to 12 P. M. 



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